But, But, But, Legal Wrangling

You can almost see them squirming in their offices, biting their nails and wondering if they are going to skate on this one, consulting attorneys, etc. While I hope they don’t, it is the top dogs I want to see hang for these crimes, the bush administration, bush being THE top dog.

bush, the control freak, the “decider”, the war criminal, the braggart, is the dog who needs a kennel! Not the guys that will eventually be found guilty. Nope, the top dogs, rice, cheney, rumsfeld, and bush are the ones who need to be sentenced and imprisoned, not those who did the actual deeds, they were only following orders.

In an article from CommonDreams we see how the CIA is disparately trying not to deal with FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, by saying they are above the law since these are private conversations between members of the CIA and the White House or legal council. IF the rule of Law applies equally, they won’t get away with it, however, don’t hold your breath. Our history is littered with those who have “gotten away with it.”

I’m sure bush figured when he got into the White House that he would have a free hand in things, that no one would dare question him or his administration, that the American Public had been cowed into dumb silence. Well guess what, we aren’t so stupid and there are still a few good people out there trying to right things no matter what the government tries to do.

Money buys a lot, but how many laws can you continually break before someone, somewhere, with enough power and clout, stands up and says ENOUGH! Looks like a few someones are doing JUST that…

Published on Sunday, April 27, 2008 by Inter Press Service
Groups Wrangle With CIA Over ‘Ghost Prisoners’
by William Fisher

NEW YORK — The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has refused to release more than 7,000 documents related to its programs of secret detentions, renditions, and torture, and is asking a federal judge to dismiss a Freedom of Information lawsuit demanding disclosure.

The refusal came last week in the CIA’s response to a lawsuit brought by three human rights groups, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the International Human Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law (NYU IHRC).

The CIA filed a motion with the court for a summary judgment to end the lawsuit and avoid turning over more than 7,000 documents related to its secret “ghost” detention and extraordinary rendition programs.

The CIA claimed that it did not have to release the documents because many consist of correspondence with the White House or top George W. Bush administration officials, or because they are between parties seeking legal advice on the programs, including guidance on the legality of certain interrogation procedures. The CIA confirmed that it requested — and received — legal advice from attorneys at the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel concerning these procedures.

OK, so I am a tad bit concerned about the legal system policing itself. Cases in point would be any case involving the IRS and the legal system where a lower court judge says that the Supreme Court Ruling has no baring in their court room or they don’t want to hear that as evidence… Those are exceptionally BAD Judges and should be dismissed from office.

View CCR’s ghost detention fact sheet HERE:factsheet_ghostdetention

The groups filed their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests last June with several U.S. government agencies, including the CIA. These requests sought information about individuals who are — or have been — held by the U.S. government or detained with U.S. involvement, and about whom there is no public record.

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“The CIA has employed illegal techniques such as torture, enforced disappearances, and extraordinary rendition,” said Meg Satterthwaite, director of the NYU IHRC. “It cannot use FOIA exemptions as a shield to hide its violations of U.S. and international law.”

In its legal filings, the CIA acknowledged that this program “will continue”. Some prisoners have been transferred to prisons in other countries for proxy detention where they face the risk of torture and where they continue to be held secretly, without charge or trial. Human rights reports indicate that the fate and whereabouts of at least 30 people believed to have been held in secret U.S. custody remain unknown.

In September 2006, President Bush publicly acknowledged the existence of CIA-operated secret prisons. At the same time, 14 detainees from these facilities were transferred to Guantánamo and several more have arrived since. The administration has admitted to using so-called “alternative interrogation procedures” on those held in the CIA program, including waterboarding. The international community and the United States, in other contexts, have unequivocally deemed these techniques torture.

If these guys have families, I’m sorry for those families. I’m not sorry for the guys. They willingly participated in something that is plainly illegal, no matter whose opinion they got, no matter what. The laws are the laws and they are clearly spelled out. Good luck in sliming your way out of this one guys. Oh, it may take a while, but your days are numbered. You can’t make the whole world go away, no matter how much you want to.

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~ by justmytruth on April 28, 2008.

2 Responses to “But, But, But, Legal Wrangling”

  1. Why thank you! Glad you liked it.

  2. Damn fine piece!

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