Skip to main content

View Diary: Former CIA Milan Office Chief Arrested (176 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Was Bush? (0+ / 0-)

    He sent people to be tortured and you want to ignore the laws of other countries because he might have to serve some time. And as far as I know enabling torture is a crime according to US law. A crime which the president has decided we won't prosecute for. For all practical purposes you're saying that he should face absolutely no punishment. You can hide behind your legalism and "patriotism" but you're supporting torture.

    If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

    by AoT on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 07:37:02 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  Enabling torture is a crime under international (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:

      treaties signed and ratified by the US, which makes them, per the Constitution, not only US law, but the highest law of the land. Said treaties make it a positive duty, not an option, for US DoJ and other law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute offenders, or turn them over to another appropriate court.

      None of that actually matters, of course. He's a spook. Breaking the law was his job. And Obama, breaking a campaign promise, announced almost as soon as he was inaugurated the first time that he would not have DoJ pursue any investigations or prosecutions for torture. (I blame Gerald Ford for setting a precedent by pardoning Nixon.)

      The Constitution as Catch-22

      It doesn't matter what the laws say if we don't have sufficient political will to throw out anybody who won't enforce them.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 12:32:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site