Mr. Bush said, leaning hard into his lectern. "Do you remember what the
environment was like in Washington? I do."
Mr. Bush said in a recent interview that one of the main purposes of the book he plans to write will be to recapture the sense of emergency and fear that formed the context of his administration's decisions in the months and years after Sept. 11.
Consequentially W will want Obama to take all steps necessary to protect the homeland including investigations into people whose policies have allowed potential terrorists to evade prosecution as a result of being tortured. Any individual who contributed to giving terrorists a get out of jail free card is a terrorist enabler--as bad as the Democrats who the GOP has labeled as appeasers, according to the logic of W!
In an interview with Brit Hume that aired January 11th 2009, on Fox News President Bush admitted that he personally authorized the torture of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He said he personally asked "what tools" were available to use on him, and sought legal approval for waterboarding him.
W said "One such person who gave us information was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed....And I'm in the Oval Office and I am told that we have captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the professionals believe he has information necessary to secure the country. So I ask what tools are available for us to find information from him and they gave me a list of tools, and I said are these tools deemed to be legal? And so we got legal opinions before any decision was made."
W's claim that the legal opinions authorized his actions is a lie as the senior Pentagon official in the Bush administration's system for prosecuting detainees, Susan J. Crawford, said in a published interview that she had concluded that interrogators had tortured a Guantánamo detainee who has sometimes been described as "the 20th hijacker" in the 2001 terrorist attacks.
The public record of the Guantánamo interrogation of the detainee, Mohammed al-Qahtani, has long included what officials labeled abusive techniques, including exposure to extreme temperatures and isolation, but the Pentagon has resisted acknowledging that his treatment rose to the level of torture.
This isn't some liberal who wants to provide psycho-therapy for the detainees, but Ms. Crawford, the convening authority of military commissions, is an appointee of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and a retired military judge who was Pentagon inspector general when Dick Cheney was secretary of defense.
In May she decided that the case could not be referred for trial but provided no explanation at the time but on January 14th 2009 she said "His treatment met the legal definition of torture. And that's why I did not refer the case" for prosecution."
W's legal excuse is therefore eliminated and there is another detrimental factor to torturing detainees. Remember all of the statements W made about doing whatever his military requested of him? Well they want him to be labeled as a jihadist enabler as according to testimony by Alberto Mora, the former general counsel of the Navy in the Senate Armed Services Committee report released December 11, 2008 "There are serving U.S. flag-rank officers who maintain that the first and second identifiable causes of U.S. combat deaths in Iraq - as judged by their effectiveness in recruiting insurgent fighters into combat - are, respectively, the symbols of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.'' Mora testified.
Those who have read "1984" realize that whoever controls the past, by re-writing of current history controls the present and the future as well as the truth. Alberto Mora and Susan J. Crawford realize this and want the truth to be realized that W is a war criminal whose actions have impeded the US' effort to provide protection of our country.
Maybe when the investigations occur W request that his vile v.p.--the "reckless, feckless, impotent, dickless wonder" Cheney testify with him as he did at the 9/11 Commission. Cheney was the first one to tell big bro 43 about "unitary executive power" and how whatever the president did was legal-the same trap as "Tricky Dick" was captured on, and Cheney is the one who won't keep his mouth shut now. Cheney's comments in an interview with ABC News also mark the first time that he has acknowledged playing a central role in clearing the CIA's use of an array of controversial interrogation tactics, including a simulated drowning method known as waterboarding.
"I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the process cleared," Cheney said.
Obama is on the record as saying that he doesn't want to become obsessed with investigating crimes in the past. His nominee for Attorney General, Eric Holder, has been making similar remarks, but W and Cheney's constant thumping of their chests about how they, unlike the Democratic terrorist sympathizers, would do anything that is required to protect the homeland-even breaking settled international law, have recently incriminated themselves.
In his hearing Holder responding to Sen. Leahy's question is "waterboarding" torture and illegal?" replied it was and to Leahy's next assertion that "Can President of the United States immunize acts of torture?" Holder stated "Nobody is above the law. President has Constitutional obligation to enforce the laws. We have laws and treaties. The president acts most forcefully and has the greatest power when consistent with Congressional intent and directives. The president does NOT have the power that you have indicated."
The good, old US of A is a land in which no one is above the law. If we don't investigate this vile Cheney and his puppet big bro 43's torturing of detainees we are complicit in their crimes against the detainees.
There are 155 countries including the US that comprise the Convention Against Torture. If the US doesn't investigate W's torture then we can look forward to a day that foreign countries will prosecute W. How will that look for W's legacy? What a dishonorable quandary these criminals have put us in! All of that hypocrisy about dividing the world into the good and bad and his actions are as reprehensible as the worst.