Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Judge Roy Bean Bush Continues to Write Laws
The Bush administration continues to act as all three branches of government wrapped into one.
It's the Republican version of Hillary's old refrain, "two for the price of one." In this case, the House and Senate are not needed; and the Supreme Court is only handy when it confirms White House policies; if not, go back and change the laws.
The Washington Post reports that Bush and Company have "drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel for humiliating or degrading war prisoners, according to U.S. officials and a copy of the amendments."
Now ain't that special!
Of course, it's only to protect the gamey gang from being prosecuted by the international community for such harmless gags as throwing women's panties over prisoners' heads; and sure enough, the Post went on and on about this perspective or that one; but read between the lines, folks.
Howling Latina thinks the Bush administration is full of spin and "caca."
And of course when the Supreme Court ruled in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld that Bush had no unitary executive power and he had to obey laws just like everyone else, well attorneys at the White House went into overdrive to craft and change the law so all the miscreants could go scott-free.
The risk of possible prosecution of officials, CIA officers and former service personnel over alleged rough treatment of prisoners arises because the Bush administration, from January 2002 until June, maintained that the Geneva Conventions' protections did not apply to prisoners captured in Afghanistan.
As a result, the government authorized interrogations using methods that U.S. military lawyers have testified were in violation of Common Article 3; it also created a system of military courts not specifically authorized by Congress, which denied defendants many routine due process rights.
You see, as the Post writes, degrading treatment includes "placing prisoners in 'inappropriate conditions of confinement,' forcing them to urinate or defecate in their clothes, and merely threatening prisoners with 'physical, mental, or sexual violence.'
Just ask the "international tribunal prosecuting war crimes in the former Yugoslavia." Bush wants these crimes to be legislated away under Judge Roy Bean Bush.
Let's see Junior try to bully, er, convince a few war veteran GOPers like McCain and Graham as well as the Dems to go along with his sinister plan to absolve his cronies and himself.
In the meantime, gotta love their desperate sweating as the prospect of the Dems winning back at least one of the legislative branches ever so slowly and painfully sinks in.
They're oh, so totally SCREWED.