71% of Americans are in favor of an investigation into the possible misuse of the Department of Justice by the Bush administration according to a Gallup poll released yesterday.
This document informed Rumsfeld that those he'd tasked with beating information out of suspected terrorists had not just tortured them, but, tortured some of them, to death. In other words, they murdered them. No, I'm not kidding. Here read the original document yourself. If Rumsfeld had been, say, some local police captain in charge of these guys, this document would make him – at very least – accessory-after-the-fact, to murder. He not only conspired to keep this evidence secret, but did not report this as the crime it is, nor order the perpetrators arrested, charged and put on trial. There's a legal name for this crime: “Misprison of a Felony.” Defined here as:
But the economy is not the only thing that melted down during the Bush years. Core American values melted down as well, and require equally urgent attention from this new administration. Because America's strength and moral authority in the world don't flow solely from a robust US economy, but also by an unswerving adherence to a unique and lofty set of moral values. Both the economy and our moral authority need urgent and immediate repair. Obama needs to work night and day to return health and stability to our economy. He also needs to work night and day to restore our moral authority.
And, this can only be accomplished by holding those who so despoiled our national soul accountable for their (well-documented) crimes. So far though, I've not seen a glimmer that Obama, or his Attorney General, Eric Holder, have the stomach for real investigations that could lead to real crimes and real prosecutions.
For example, even though Obama has repeatedly promised to lift the many lids of secrecy the Bush administration slammed down on the public's right to know, he hasn't. It's currently just as hard to get information and documents about the Bush years out of the Obama administration as it was to get the same out of the Bush folks themselves.
Just 71% of the people they represent. That's who.
(For more Bush administration documents see the Document Drawer at -- http://www.bushproject.com)
Live your values. Love your country.
And, remember: TOGETHER, We can make a DIFFERENCE!