War Crimes Prosecution In The Media Now In A Way Impeachment Never Was

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Progressive Democrats of America board member David Swanson and Yellow Dog Democrat and Chair of The National Congress of Black Women Dr. Fay Williams, who worked for two years to help get Obama elected, talk to Real News CEO Paul Jay about prosecuting George Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes, and about how Obama is pretty much backed into a corner now and will have a very difficult time avoiding doing so.

Real News: January 27, 2009 – 10 min 51 sec

Should Obama prosecute Bush and Cheney


Swanson: Reversing the policies does not provide a deterrent

Dr. Fay Williams: “People have to make him do it“.

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    • Edger on January 27, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Obama letting Bush and Cheney off the hook for war crimes is comparable to Ford pardoning Nixon.

    Moving Forward? Here Are The Rules.

    No argument from me.  Ford should have been stood against the wall and shot for that pardon.  Nixon cooling his heels in the clink for a few years would have prevented this mess, no doubt.

    • Alma on January 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    when we have to back people into corners to get them to do their jobs.

  1. Are you really?  I think we’ve known right down the line that it will be up to us to push it to where it needs to go.  Obama also said that the Attorney General will act under his own auspices in his position, or something to that effect.  

  2. CNN Exclusive: “Clear Evidence Rumsfeld Ordered Torture”

    6:23 mins. This video is from CNNs Newsroom, broadcast Jan. 26, 2009.

    UN Official: Clear evidence Rumsfeld ordered torture

    By David Edwards

    United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak told CNNs Rick Sanchez that the U.S. had an obligation to investigate whether Bush administration officials ordered torture. Nowak believes that there is already enough evidence to prosecute Donald Rumsfeld.

    We have clear evidence. In our report that we sent to the United Nations, we made it clear that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld clearly authorized torture methods and he was told at that time by Alberto Mora, the legal council of the Navy, Mr. Secretary, what you are actual ordering here amounts to torture. So, there we have the clear evidence that Mr. Rumsfeld knew what he was doing but, nevertheless, he ordered torture.

  3. Request for secret Bush-era memos

    In what could be a critical test of the Obama administration’s commitment to transparency, the American Civil Liberties Union today is asking the Obama administration to release Bush-era memos that provided the legal underpinning for harsh interrogations, eavesdropping and secret prisons. For years, the Bush administration refused to release them, but a new Obama executive order last week rescinded Bush restrictions on what can be made public.

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