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No matter what you may think about torture it is illegal. The tortured minds of the lawyers of the bush administration, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, Stephen Bradbury, Alberto Gonzales, John Ashcroft, Michael Chertoff, Alice Fisher, William Haynes II, Douglas Feith, Michael Mukasey, Timothy Flanigan, and David Addington, have yet to make their amends to the world for their despicable behavior. Why they haven’t been disbarred yet is a mystery that only the American Bar Association can answer.
Torture is illegal in this country per our Constitution and according to the Geneva Convention. These united States signed that treaty, (actually three treaties under one name), so that soldiers would have better treatment and civilians in a war zones would have some protection. So why is it that those responsible for making torture OK in this country are still alive and kicking and now working in various places out in public instead of behind bars where they should be?
Take John Yoo for example. He’s working in Philadelphia now for a newspaper writing a column once a month. I have to wonder if there is anything he has to say that I would want to hear. Apparently I’m not the only one who is wondering. The Philadelphia Inquirer has gotten numerous complaints from Citizens wondering the same thing. What could a man who twisted and defiled the Constitution in order to make torture OK possibly have anything to say that anyone wants to hear? Who would hire this refugee from a mental institution or any other psychopath? Who is paying them? Why haven’t these men been disbarred and imprisoned for traitors? And the Philadelphia Inquirer? It just makes up excuses for why they hired Yoo.
Photo by Karen Ballard / For The LA Times CAPTION: John Yoo, professor of Law at UC Berkeley, who spent two years in the Office of Legal Counsel giving advice to the president and the Department of Justice is photographed in Washington, DC on Monday, April 25, 2005 outside the CATO Institute where he spoke on a panel regarding judiciary matters in the courts.
This is the face of John Choon Yoo. This is the man who says torture is ok in a legal memo to dubya and company. This is the face of an evil, twisted, logic which shamed an entire nation. How can anyone hire this man and pretend that they have a conscience? Shame on the Philadelphia Inquirer! The complaint against John Yoo can be found here: How can this man show his face in public? It truly is sad that public flogging has been discontinued. I’m sure that this would be the greatest attraction of the century. Well, maybe flogging dubya and cheney would draw a bigger crowd…
The specific codes that all these attorneys, but specifically John Choon Yoo, violated are § 2340A. Torture and § 2441. War crimes. These codes are very specific as to what constitutes torture and war crimes. They are an interesting read if you have the time. Why is it that psychos look so normal? I wonder how his family feels about his work. Can he possibly be proud of himself? Sure, he did it for dubya and cheney, but what kind of man turns his back on the Constitution of these united States and becomes a traitor to his country instead? And why is it that we let Italy do what we refuse to do, and prosecute these criminals? Why won’t the Bar Association do their duty and obey their own rules???
View a video on Waterboarding HERE:
And you have to know that these men are being protected. And it must be at the highest levels of government in order to keep these men from prison for the traitors they are. Why else would the bar association not disbar them? How else could they continue to work and earn a living? Why else aren’t they in jail as the traitors they are when they betrayed country and We the People by endorsing and promoting torture? We as Citizens of these united States are shamed by these men. When will justice lay its hand down on those responsible for atrocities perpetrated on prisoners of war? The disciplinary rules of the American Bar Association make it clear that these 12 lawyers are guilty as hell! Read other articles about John Yoo HERE: John Choon Yoo is a monster as are the other 11 members of this band of tortured minds.
John Shifton of the Daily Beast wrote an amazing article titled:
For five years as a researcher for Human Rights Watch and reporter, John Sifton helped investigate homicides resulting from the Bush administration’s torture policy. His findings include:
• An estimated 100 detainees have died during interrogations, some who were clearly tortured to death.
• The Bush Justice Department failed to investigate and prosecute alleged murders even when the CIA inspector general referred a case.
• Sifton’s request for specific information on cases was rebuffed by the Bush Justice Department, though it was “familiar with the cases.”
5 years of hard work and study led to this article. 5 years of dubya and company denying access to information and the cover-up continues to this day though one million members and 150 Organizations have demanded answers! Yup, protection at the highest levels of government means that there are people in Congress and the White House willing to do anything to keep this secret and protect the guilty. I have no doubt that they would be willing to commit murder to keep it this way. Is there any doubt that these practices continue to this day? Not in my mind. Yet the obama administration and janet napolitano claim that We the People are the terrorists. Is the irony of this sinking in?
Did you know that William Haynes II abruptly resigned after he was accused of rigging trials for detainees? Read the full story HERE:
Rigged Trials at Gitmo
By Ross Tuttle February 20, 2008
Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding. Indefinite detention. The litany of complaints about the treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is long, disturbing and by now familiar. Nonetheless, a new wave of shock and criticism greeted the Pentagon’s announcement on February 11 that it was charging six Guantánamo detainees, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with war crimes–and seeking the death penalty for all of them.
Now, as the murky, quasi-legal staging of the Bush Administration’s military commissions unfolds, a key official has told The Nation that the trials have been rigged from the start. According to Col. Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for Guantánamo’s military commissions, the process has been manipulated by Administration appointees to foreclose the possibility of acquittal.
So I decided to go to the American Bar Association’s website and see what they were about. This is what I found:
Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice. What a farce! This is absolute poppycock! But when I went to the site they asked me to complete a survey. I felt it was my duty to comply with their desire to improve their site. They made the mistake of asking me why I was there. I told them it was to see what those who promote torture and violate the Constitution of these united States was all about. I also told them “Way to go guys!” BRAVO!!! Check them out yourself. Maybe you can take their survey too. Let this fine Association know what you think of them! Maybe we should sue them for false advertising? < snickers >
According to Jan Crawford Greenburg, who writes for ABC News, the legal issues are such, and planned just so, to make it so that John Yoo can’t be prosecuted. I say damn the torpedos and prosecute him anyway. Where is the justice in ignoring this?
May 06, 2009 11:31 AM
Jan Crawford Greenburg
That’s because OPR’s five-year investigation—carefully timed for release only as Bush was leaving the White House and Obama was coming in—dragged on too long. As a result of that timing, OPR blew the deadline for referring possible misconduct allegations against Yoo.
John Yoo is admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania. But the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board, which would investigate any complaints against him, imposes a four-year limitation for complaints.
Yoo wrote the memos in 2002 and 2003. This is 2009. You do the math.
Isn’t that so convenient? What kind of *persuing Justice* does the American Bar Association do? Only what is expedient? Just like the American Civil Liberties Union which no longer represents Americans should change its name, perhaps the American Bar Association should be forced to change their logo to something more in line with their ethics. Something like “Defending Ourselves, Pursing Only That Which We Think Deserves It.”
Watch the HBO clip: Taxi To The Dark Side You will find the link on the right hand side of the page. I haven’t seen the special yet.
Taxi to the Dark Side
Winner of the 2008 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature as well as a 2008 Peabody Award, Taxi to the Dark Side takes a disturbing in-depth look at the highly questionable interrogation practices used by United States military guards on prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in the years following 9/11. Beginning with the story of an innocent young Afghan taxi driver named Dilawar, who was killed while being held in Bagram prison in 2002, Taxi to the Dark Side tells the grim, cautionary saga of how the U.S. government, desperate to draw out information from a top Al Qaeda leader detained in Guantanamo Bay, approved the use of cruel and unusual interrogation techniques that bordered on torture – which were systematically imported to other US prisons abroad. In examining the interrogation practices used in Bagram, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, the film includes shocking photos, archival footage, expert commentary, and interviews with several soldiers stationed at prisons in Afghanistan and Iraq. These guards admit to using unorthodox techniques – including isolation, ceiling handcuffing, sleep deprivation, strip humiliation, “water boarding,” threats by menacing dogs, sexual abuse and more – that they say were condoned and even approved by their superiors, despite being in clear violation of the humanitarian rules outlined in the Geneva Conventions.
The title of Taxi to the Dark Side refers, first, to an Afghan cabbie named Dilawar, who was apprehended by U.S. soldiers in 2002 and detained in the Bagram Air Base prison, where he died of wounds to the lower extremities after four days. Second, it evokes a statement VP Dick Cheney made to Tim Russert a few days after the 9/11 attacks. “We also have to work the dark side, if you will,” said Cheney of our strategy to bring terrorists to justice. “We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world.”
Taxi to the Dark Side examines the growing abuse within U.S. military prisons abroad, starting with the case of Mohammad al-Qahtani, a suspected “20th hijacker” of 9/11 who was subjected to new, humiliating interrogation tactics in an attempt to get him to reveal information in Guantanamo Bay. With the apparent approval of Sec. of State Rumsfeld, these tactics were imported to Iraq and Afghanistan, where guards subjected detainees to increasingly sadistic acts. As the film shows, after the now-famous Abu Ghraib prison photos were published in 2004, many soldiers were brought to trial, discharged and/or imprisoned – but the damage had already been done.
Taxi to the Dark Side opened to stellar reviews upon theatrical release, earning numerous awards including Best Documentary at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and Best Documentary Screenplay at the 2008 Writers Guild of America Awards.
Taxi to the Dark Side was written, produced, directed and narrated by Alex Gibney, who is also responsible for the Oscar®-nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, The Trials of Henry Kissinger and other films. Gibney’s father Frank, a U.S. veteran who died before the documentary was completed, had urged his son to make the film.
More reasons to examine very carefully what the federal government is doing wherever it has authority be it this country or the military bases around the world. More reasons to examine, dissect, sift through, and make sure that the federal government is not acting in ways it should not, violating the Constitution, and that those that do are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It is the only way that Americans can ensure the safety of our troops in combat and make sure that the laws of this land apply to all.
Write to the American Bar Association and demand that those responsible for violating our Constitution be prosecuted. Demand that Justice be served or they be disbanded. We cannot have lawyers protecting criminal lawyers. It makes a mockery out of the laws of this land. Laws should apply to all, not just the Citizens of this country.
It is past time that those who make the laws abide by them. It is past time that one president covers up for the previous one, and instead, they both be prosecuted. Either justice is for all or no one should be prosecuted. No one is above the laws in this country, not even the federal government. If the laws only apply to We the People, then tyranny is afoot in Washington and a conspiracy to subvert the government of these united States has taken place. A Nation’s laws must apply to all and not excuse some just because they are famous or have been president.