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Really it’s the only honorable thing for Jay Bybee to do- he certainly shouldn’t wait for the Congress to remove him via impeachment. But this kind of half-assed “oh my bad, I had no idea they would take my memo that said torture is OK and then actually use it” non-apology press release bullshit is not going to cut it.

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Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Said Haynes, “I thank the President and the Secretary of Defense for their confidence and for the opportunity to serve. I leave the Pentagon humbled and inspired by the selfless sacrifices of the men and women, uniformed and civilian, who defend our country. And, I thank their families.”

And if there is any justice, before all of this is over he will stand trial for planning war crimes, and after leaving the pentagon humbled, he will spend the rest of his life rotting in prison. This is the same guy who wrote that laws against torture didn’t apply to Guantanamo and that none of the sham trials the Junta has planned there should result in acquittals:

[Col. Morris] Davis provided the following account of an August 2005 meeting he had with Pentagon general counsel William Haynes–the man who now oversees the tribunal process for the Defense Department. . . .

“I said to him that if we come up short and there are some acquittals in our cases, it will at least validate the process,” Davis continued. “At which point, [Haynes’s] eyes got wide and he said, ‘Wait a minute, we can’t have acquittals. If we’ve been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can’t have acquittals. We’ve got to have convictions.'”

This is just another exhibit in the ever-growing mountain of evidence against the Bush Administration. The only way that each little piece of illegality makes sense is if it is put in the context of the larger conspiracy to subjugate the will of the American people to the private malfeasance of Richard B. Cheney and George W. Bush. The old adage that “The fish rots from the head down” is no less true in the US federal government than anywhere else. George Bush is ultimately responsible for this and every other folly and miscarriage of justice that has occurred during his presidency, and before this nation can begin to heal, he must be made to pay the price.

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Brent Wilkes takes a twelve year all-expenses-paid vacation.

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They told you they torture, and they’re defending it.

Go read the rest.

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CIA director Mike Hayden admitted today that the US subjected three prisoners to waterboarding.  Remember this?

 “The United States does not engage in torture,” McConnell said [on Jan 16 2007].

I guess that statement is no longer operative.

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We got conspiracy theories. Wonder if it is even possible to do an independant analysis of whether or not any of what Siebel Edmonds alleges is true:

American officials sold nuclear arms technology to illegal proliferators — including ideological allies of al Qaeda — in return for bribes and other inducements. This widespread corruption has been protected from exposure by the highest levels of the U.S. government, which has gone to enormous lengths to protect the truth from coming out.

Edmonds has been trying to find a way to tell her story for literally years now. She claims to have personal knowledge that many elected officials of both parties have reaped financial benefit from an international smuggling ring that has moved prostitutes, drugs, and both conventional and nuclear weapons halfway around the world, in and out of the hands of the United States and our overseas allies. Some of the conduct she alleges would rise to the level of treason.  And the Bush Administration has ordered her not to talk to anyone about any of it.

This is the way the world works. Behind the glitz and gossip of presidential campaigns, behind all the earnest “policy debates” on Capitol Hill, behind all the “position papers” and “vision statements” of think tanks and political parties, behind all the great panoply of state and our august Establishment institutions, thieves and murderers have their way, in league with the great and good.

I just can’t help but suggest that despite what she says on the campaign trail, Hillary promises to deliver only more of the same.

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And you know it’s too late now, because the NYT is running opinion pieces openly calling for it.  Since the NYT has made it a policy to withhold the unvarnished truth until it can no longer make any meaningful difference, (see 2000 election -> George Bush DWI -> published in the week before the election, when it was too late to impact the outcome of the race; see also Judy Miller -> Iraq lies in run-up to war -> confession of spoon-fed government propaganda presented as impartial news reporting; see also 2004 election -> illegal AT&T wiretap story -> published 2005, after Bush was re-elected, etc.), we can safely conclude that no impeachment of any member of the Bush Administration will ever actually happen.

It might have been possible to remove the Bushies from power if the House had acted when Conyers first pushed his articles of impeachment.  It may have been possible even more recently when soon-to-be-ex-presidential-candidate Dennis Kucinich introduced his version.  Now the media is all wrapped up in the primaries, and after that will be the conventions, and after that will be the general election, so there just isn’t time or space for a competing narrative. Thanks to George McGovern and the New York Times for marking January 6, 2008 as the precise moment when it became exactly too late:

I have not been heavily involved in singing the praises of the Nixon administration. But the case for impeaching Bush and Cheney is far stronger than was the case against Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew after the 1972 election. The nation would be much more secure and productive under a Nixon presidency than with Bush. Indeed, has any administration in our national history been so damaging as the Bush-Cheney era?

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