Torture, Terror, Assassinations -- Are the Chickens Coming Home to Roost?
For some time now it has seemed that the Obama Administration might be shielding Cheney, Rumsfeld and yes George W. Bush from even the threat of prosecution for the crimes committed by them during their time in office.
I don't happen to think that this is merely a partisan issue. As we begin to unravel the crimes of the Bush Administration I believe that the threads will lead back to Democratic and Republican administrations in the past,
But the place to start is here.
And in my opinion investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has played an invaluable role by going to the heart of the matter in remarks he made this past March in a speech at the University of Minnesota. This article by Muriel Kane should help refresh your memories, Hersh: "Executive Assasination Ring" reported directly to Cheney.
The story is back in the news. Just to pick a few commentaries, Robert Parry reported yesterday on Bush's Hit Teams:
Despite the new controversy over whether a global CIA “hit team” ever went operational, there has been public evidence for years that the Bush administration approved “rules of engagement” that permitted executions and targeted killings of suspected insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In effect, President George W. Bush transformed elite units of the U.S. military – including Special Forces and highly trained sniper teams – into “death squads” with a license to kill unarmed targets on suspicion that they might be a threat to American occupying forces.
In the recent public debate over whether Bush also authorized the CIA to assemble teams of assassins to roam the world hunting al-Qaeda suspects, the U.S. news media has cited the distinction between such face-to-face executions and the CIA's use of remote-controlled Predator drones firing missiles to kill groups of suspected insurgents in or near the war zones.
However, the evidence is that the Bush administration also permitted U.S. military units to engage in close-quarter executions when encountering alleged insurgents, even if they were unarmed and presented no immediate threat to American or allied troops.
Attempted coverups like the following in the The Washington Times reports, Former CIA director Woolsey defends agency were rebutted yesterday by former Powell aide, Col Lawrence Wilkerson. From Raw Story,
And AP reports thatin Congress Calls grow for probe of CIA plan for al-Qaida hits.
And here's something else for investigators to get their teeth in, another report in Raw Story by Aran Rostom, CIA Supervisor Claimed He Used Fire Ants on Detainee, with an OK from Bush Adminstration lawyers
.Now the Good News
President Obama is raising questions on another reported US atrocity from Huffington Post, Obama Orders Review of Deaths of Taliban Prisoners in Afghanistan,
President Barack Obama has ordered his national security team to investigate reports that U.S. allies were responsible for the deaths of as many as 2,000 Taliban prisoners of war during the opening days of the war in Afghanistan.
Obama told CNN in an interview that aired Sunday that he doesn't know what how the U.S.-allied Northern Alliance behaved in November 2001, but he wants a full accounting before deciding how to move forward.
Granted these deaths are not being directly attributed to US forces but it is a beginning. Pull on a few threads and the whole miserable tapestry of lies should begin to unravel.
And best of all.
Contrary to White House wishes, Attorney General Eric Holder may push forward with a criminal investigation into the Bush administration's harsh interrogation practices used on suspected terrorists.
Holder is considering whether to appoint a prosecutor and will make a final decision within the next few weeks, a Justice Department official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on a pending matter.