Turley to Obama: Indict Cheney Already!
If you missed Jonathan Turley on Rachel Maddow last night, here’s you chance to see it. It is one of his best laid out explanations of:
1) Why President Obama needs to get out of the way and allow an investigation into war crimes go forward.
Answer: Because failure to prosecute war crimes means you have violated your oath of office to uphold the laws of this country and it also make you an accessory to those war crimes, in effect a war criminal yourself.
2) Why debating the wisdom of the policy of committing war crimes with Dick Cheney is teh crazy and teh dumb.
Answer: because you don’t debate crimes with criminals. You investigate and indict criminals and then they lawyer up and STFU (well, except, of course, for Rod Blagojevich, but that’s another story).
3) Why an investigation by a Truth Commission would be the shortest investigation in history.
Answer: because there are so many whistleblowers saying it was torture, and the Red Cross, the body legally designated to make the determination of torture by treaty, has determined that the US committed torture.
Actually, I disagree with Prof.Turley on this point. While I agree that the "investigative" phase of a Truth Commission would be pretty quick, I believe that there is tremendous value in aggregating all the whistleblower and other information into one pile, organizing it, and presenting it in public to the American people.
For some sad reason, the President feels that he needs political cover to appoint the obviously badly needed Special Prosecutor to do the Grand Jury presentment and prosecute the likely indictments. I think the public display of the horrors committed in the name of the American people, will give him all the political cover he could ever need.
I do agree with Prof. Turley that WE ABSOLUTELY NEED A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO COMMENCE GRAND JURY PROCEEDING LEADING TOWARD INDICTMENTS. Watch the video. He says it better than I do.