Dec 26 2014

Shame on US

Published by at 2:12 pm under Politics

In light of the recently released report from Senate Intelligence Committee into the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques employed by the CIA under the direction of President George W. Bush’s administration (read the full, unclassified report here), I feel as though It’s time for a brief history lesson.

In November 2003, less than a year¬†after the United States began war in Iraq, the abuse and torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib is detailed in a report from the Associated Press. Human rights abuses were part of the War in Iraq from the very beginning. The Executive Branch of the United States government asserted that the Geneva Convention did not apply to prisoners in the “war on terror.”

In 2006, the Supreme Court rules that the prisoners of war held at Guantanamo Bay have the right to a fair trial and that President George W. Bush does not have the right to set up War Crimes Tribunals and that the Tribunals that had been set up were illegal. However, the Supreme Court doesn’t order that the facility be closed, or the release of any of the prisoners held there (unconstitutionally, illegally, and against the Geneva Convention).

In December 2006, Saddam Hussein is executed (he was captured in December 2003 and trial began in October 2005). Among the crimes he was convicted of: War crimes and crimes against humanity. I probably don’t need to discuss the history of how the US government openly supported Hussein and Iraq in their war against Iran in the 1980’s. (what the hell, here’s a picture of Donald Rumsfeld shaking the man’s hand).

On Friday January 26, 2007 – President George W. Bush responds to criticism from both sides of the aisle regarding his intention to increase the number of troops in Iraq by stating, “I’m the Decision-Maker.”

Protest: Jan 27, 2007
On Saturday January 27, 2007, Michael and I joined a protest on the National Mall. There are videos on YouTube of the protest. Many of the signs, some humorously, proposed Impeachment of President George W. Bush.

In June 2008, Congressmen Dennis Kucinich and Robert Wexler introduce articles of Impeachment against President George W. Bush. The articles are worth a read, to this day, but the allegations range from an invented war with Iraq to mistreatment of detainees.

This is a brief, and incomplete outline of some of the events that unfolded throughout the Presidency of George W. Bush, but it’s a summary of a good deal of evidence we had, early on in his Presidency, to rightfully impeach him. With the torture report having come to light, recently, we have sufficient evidence to try George W. Bush and Dick Cheney for war crimes. I am ashamed of our Congress, our current Administration and the International community for showing their spinelessness in choosing not to indict. I am ashamed of my fellow Americans who somehow feel that torture is acceptable under any circumstances: you don’t have to be a philosophy geek to understand what Nietzsche meant when he said “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster…”

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