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  •  Fords pardon of Nixion was a mistake (1+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita

    and he didnt tell Congress he intended to do it. had he done so, Congress likely would have passed legislation preventing a pardon, such was the desire to punish Nixon and see justice done. this current Congress would have never investigated Nixon.

    •  Couldn't pass legislation (1+ / 0-)
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      Nisi Prius

      It's a constitutional prerogative.

      "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

      by Paleo on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 09:26:58 AM PDT

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    •  Cheney didn't need to be pardoned (1+ / 0-)
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      Chi

      He never had to worry about prosecution even though he proudly admitted to authorizing war crimes.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 09:36:45 AM PDT

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      •  that was a mistake on Obamas part (1+ / 0-)
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        Youffraita

        I would have prosecuted them under the CAT and while that would have riled up their diehards, letting the chips fall in court would be the best signal to the world that we were ion the way back to a pre-9-11 mindset, that we were recovering from our descent into madness.

      •  VP would probably be acquitted (0+ / 0-)

        I support prosecution for bush Cheney rumsfeld et am but legally Cheney is not in the civilian or military chain of command as VP.

        He is the only one who can make a good argument for acquittal.

        •  Cheney was knee deep in torture and waterboarding (1+ / 0-)
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          he'd be convicted for his part in that, since his office played a big role in getting the use of of waterboarding accepted and used widely. the crimes of the administration were so extensive, you could nail them  on pretty much anything. Remembers Cheneys talk of the "Fourth Branch"?

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