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The Ball Is In Your Court, Eric!
By Ernest Stewart
"No one is above the law." ~~~ Eric Holder
However, he did do us a favor when he ratted out Dubya by saying:
"The notion that we were not notified at the White House about what was going on is not true. I sat through a lengthy session in '04 with the inspector general of the CIA as he reviewed the state of the program at that time. The suggestion, for example, that the president didn't approve it, wrong. That's a lie, that's not true... There would be special meetings from time to time on various subjects that he would be directly involved in. This man knew what we were doing. He authorized it; he approved it."Shouldn't the folks that approved these acts of terror and gave orders to see that they were carried out be made to answer for their Crimes Against Humanity? Shouldn't AG Holder file charges; actually, shouldn't he have filed charges years ago when the report was finished? I guess I'm not the only one thinking those thoughts as the New York Times wrote an editorial entitled Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses. Yeah, every once in a great while, the Old Grey Bitch gets it right, imagine that!
Not to be outdone, on Monday, the ACLU and Human Rights Watch sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, concerning the newly released report "synthesized a huge volume of information into a narrative that clarifies the extent and seriousness of criminal conduct."
The letter continues "commission of serious federal crimes, including torture, homicide, conspiracy, and sexual assault. There is no need to repeat the details in this letter to you, but we believe it is fair to say that many of these crimes would be horrific even if committed by an individual acting alone; but when done as part of a deliberate, coordinated government program, the crimes are more shocking and far more corrosive to U.S. democracy."
Holder should appoint a special prosecutor, the letter states, because the Senate "report reveals significant new information about the nature of the abuse inflicted on the CIA's prisoners; the number of prisoners who were subjected to that abuse; and the decisions that led to the infliction of that abuse." The letter continues "torture before they ever sought the guidance and went looking for legal cover."
"The Senate torture report shows that CIA officials knew their methods were illegal and tried hard to cover them up," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "A full investigation is necessary to show that torture in the name of national security is still a criminal offense."
The ACLU and Human Rights Watch's demand for prosecutions comes on the heels of calls made by United Nations officials.
So, what's it going to be Eric? Go after the torturers from Bush & Cheney on down, or put yourself at risk for not prosecuting them and end up on another prosecutor's list for being a "fellow traveler" in the Crime Family Bush's various acts of treason and sedition. So Eric, it's time to prove your statement that, "No One Is Above The Law!"
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(c) 2014 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 13 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.