10 Years Too Late

News that will make you squeal.

News that will make you squeal.

NYTimes: ‘Prosecute Torturers And Their Bosses’

And I would add Judith Miller to that list, but I’m cynical that way. The editorial is pretty spectacular:

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.

Mr. Obama has said multiple times that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” as though the two were incompatible. They are not. The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American men and women from the highest levels of government on down.

And it keeps on in that rich vein for the whole thing. Best part: above it is a picture of Dick Cheney and Condi Rice.

One of the greatest disappointments of the Obama years is that his Justice Department did not go after the torturers (or for that matter the bankers) which led us to snark that Eric Holder should be tested regularly to see if he was still breathing. Personally, I think the Justice Department should be investigated to find out why they never charged anyone with anything, and yeah, if the Kenyan Usurper told them not to, then he’s an accessory after the fact.

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6 Responses to 10 Years Too Late

  1. Yes it’s disappointing, and had he gone after the people who did and authorized it (like Darth Cheney) the R’s would have burned the country to the ground.

    It would have made their obstructionism since 2009 look like genteel debate, I fear; their id would have been unleashed and fed a steady diet of blood, ketamine and psycho that would make Trump’s followers appear sane.


    • Kathleen says:

      This. First, my understanding is that bankers didn’t do anything “illegal” and it would have been very difficult to convict them of anything even if actions were illegal. Second, I agree Cheney and company should be prosecuted. But brucedesertrat nailed it. Nothing, nothing would have moved forward. And woe to any President who steps on the security state’s secrets. I understand frustration and disappointment. But right, wrong or indifferent, it was not the right time. Not to say that it still can’t happen. But think about it. Michelle advising children to eat vegetables triggered a fire storm.


      • Kathleen says:

        Forgot to add that when PBO took office economy was in a meltdown. His first priority was stabilizing the economy. He could not afford to rock any boats.


      • tengrain says:

        Kathleen, the trouble is it is never the right time.

        There are a few really good books on the financial crisis: Matt Taibbi’s “Griftopia” and Michael Lewis’s “The Big Short” – and both journalists uncover the same laundry list of crimes that were committed. Highly recommend both books.




  2. DarkStar says:

    The Bush legacy has done more damage to American exceptionalism and credibility than any outside source ever could.
    Tell me again how we are a nation of laws and that NO man is above those laws.


  3. angryspittle says:

    Goddamnit. The whole fucking justice system is about looking backwards to mete out justice.


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