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Blind justice, shackled Liberty

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2008 at 12:00 am

In a thoughtful article, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article21473.htm, Mike Ferner of Information Clearinghouse quotes Robert Jackson, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice who served as Lead Prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, “the law includes, and if it is to serve a useful purpose it must condemn aggression by any other nations, including those which sit here now in judgment”, proposing that those words, “and the values this nation claims to stand for” require war crimes trials for the Bush cabal.

 

It’s oddly appropriate that this article would run only days after Herr Bush’s “Goering” (Cheney), admitted to sanctioning use of an “enhanced interrogation technique” – waterboarding – for which WWII Japanese soldiers faced war crimes trials.  This, and any other form of torture, was and is a war crime.

 

United States law defines “war crime” as “…a grave breach in any of the international conventions signed at Geneva 12 August 1949, or any protocol to such convention to which the United States is a party…”.   Bush, advised by attorneys – David Addington and John Yoo – decided this law, and the Geneva Convention “don’t apply.”   So why, if all of this was “legal”, has he repeatedly sent bills to Congress “authorizing” what all civilized people (that used to include Americans) know are war crimes?  Why has he repeatedly included provisions, neatly tucked away, to “pardon” himself and his co-conspirators?  Is it only the ghost of Martin Luther King, Jr. that remembers that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal”?