Impeachment

May
11

So Much for "Disciplining" Bybee Without Impeaching or Prosecuting Him, But Bush and Cheney Not Helped

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Jay Bybee is a member of the D.C. bar and could be complained about there and disbarred, since apparently enforcing the laws he violated or impeaching him would just be too much trouble. Except that, as Gordon Clark pointed out to me, the Washington Post just printed a letter from the "senior legal ethics counsel for the District of Columbia Bar" essentially objecting the existence of ethics:

Regarding the May 7 news story "Experts Say Authors of Memos May Avoid Professional Sanctions":

The story discussed the difficulties inherent in efforts to impose professional sanctions on Bush administration lawyers who drafted memoranda supporting the harsh interrogation of terrorist suspects.

If a client instructs his lawyer, "I want to perform a certain act; find me a legal way to do it," the lawyer's professional duty is to find a good-faith basis in the law to meet the client's needs while carefully advising the client of the risks of pursuing such a course of action. Such a lawyer not only acts well within the Rules of Professional Conduct, but he also serves his client well.

Waterboarding is a perfect example. A lawyer may personally believe that such a practice constitutes torture, but there is, at the very least, a good-faith argument to be made that it is not -- as evidenced by the fact that even now respected authorities argue that this is not torture. Thus, even if the ultimate arbiter decides that waterboarding is torture, that does not mean that lawyers who advised to the contrary should be professionally disciplined.

SAUL JAY SINGER

Washington

The writer is senior legal ethics counsel for the District of Columbia Bar.

The really good news here is that for people who think like this and want to protect mafia lawyers like Bybee, Bush and Cheney are not provided any cover by the "good faith" memos. The memos are merely opinions, not laws. A court can admit the obvious, that waterboarding is torture, and put Bush and Cheney in prison for it.

May
11

Three Worst Reasons to Delay Putting Cheney in Prison

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By David Swanson

#1: Cheney says that he and Bush ordered torture but did nothing wrong.

On Sunday, Cheney said: "The fact of the matter is that these [torture] techniques that we're talking about are used on our own people. In the SERE program that in effect trains our people with respect to capture and evasion and so forth, and escape, a lot of them go through these same exact procedures."

If this were true, participants in the SERE program would be kidnapped and tortured by people willing to kill them. They would be waterboarded believing they might be drowned. This would be done upwards of 100 times. They would be hung hanged by their wrists, beaten, electroshocked, deprived of sleep, stripped naked and exposed to cold, attacked by dogs, slammed against walls, kept in isolation, and in many cases killed, in many other cases driven insane.

May
11

Statutes of Limitations

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Elizabeth de la Vega has a new article at truthout arguing that in some cases torture can be prosecuted no matter how many years go by. This is helpful information, but where she loses me is on the notion that delay is desirable. Arguing that delay is possible for certain crimes if certain arguments can be won I understand. But that it's desirable I'm unable to see. As time passes, the ability of politicians to oppose "looking backward" grows, public interest shrinks, the opportunity is lost. Harry Reid wants to let everyone off and effectively said in an interview last week that if we can wait 6 months for the Senate Intelligence Committee's whitewash it'll then be easier to dismiss everything. I agree with him.

Criminals

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Criminals
May
07

It's National Nancy Off the Table Day

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By David Swanson

That's right, children, it's national Nancy Day, honoring the occasion on May 7, 2006, when Nancy Pelosi first allowed Tim Russert to badger her into agreeing that she wouldn't permit the impeachment of Saint George or Father Dick, not even if they barbequed children on the White House lawn.

May
02

Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union by David Swanson

Book Can Now Be Ordered, Book Tour Being Planned

You can now pre-order my book at Amazon.com at http://tinyurl.com/daybreakbook

It's a thick book containing everything I know - and then some - for $10 (pre-order discount price).  And you can support a good cause by pre-ordering it now.

You can also call or visit your local bookstore right now and ask them to be sure to stock the book. If you're in California, Pennsylvania, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, or Ohio please see below.  I'm only coming once to any given state, so please schedule more events for the times I will be in yours! Please don't ask me later why I didn't come to your town! If you're in another state, please contact me re dates in 2010. -- David Swanson

Apr
19

ImpeachBybee.org

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ImpeachBybee.org Open for what to do and why.

Apr
07

Listen to Francis Boyle

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By David Swanson

As evidence of Bush and Cheney's crimes is slowly pried loose from President Obama's fingers, it's easy to forget just how long ago numerous articulate voices were identifying and denouncing those crimes, none more so that Francis Boyle, who told Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News show on September 13, 2001:

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