Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Andrew Napolitano: Bush and Cheney Should Have Been Indicted for Torturing, for Spying and Arresting Without Warrants.

It astounds me that these words are being spoken by a regular contributor to Fox News.

Napolitano: So what President Bush did with the suspension of habeas corpus, with the whole concept of Guantanamo Bay, with the whole idea that he could avoid and evade federal laws, treaties, federal judges and the Constitution was blatantly unconstitutional and is some cases criminal.

Nader: What's the sanction for President Bush and Vice President Cheney?

Napolitano: There's been no sanction except what history will say about them.

Nader: What should be the sanctions?

Napolitano: They should have been indicted. They absolutely should have been indicted for torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrants. I'd like to say they should be indicted for lying but believe it or not, unless you're under oath, lying is not a crime. At least not an indictable crime. It's a moral crime.

Nader: So you think George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should even though they've left office, they haven't escaped the criminal laws, they should be indicted and prosecuted?

Napolitano: The evidence in this book and in others, our colleague the great Vincent Bugliosi has amassed an incredible amount of evidence. The purpose of this book was not to amass that evidence but I do discuss it, is overwhelming when you compare it to the level of evidence required for a normal indictment that George W. Bush as President and Dick Cheney as Vice President participated in criminal conspiracies to violate the federal law and the guaranteed civil liberties of hundreds, maybe thousands of human beings.

But I am in complete agreement with him that the evidence that Bush and Cheney committed crimes is simply overwhelming. Indeed, they are both on the record admitting that they authorised war crimes.


It's well worth watching the whole thing. You can do that here.


daveawayfromhome said...

It'll be sad if it turns out to be conservatives who end up prosecuting such a case. Ironic, too, because they'll collect the support of thinking middle-of-the-roaders who voted for Obama in the belief that only Democrats could get the job done.

Not that it'll ever happen. But if the public could be made to perceive that as the most likely course, then the GOP wins anyway.

Kel said...

It would be a terrible indictment of Democratic cowardice if that turned out to be the case. But I doubt that will ever happen anyway. Talk is cheap. And it's easy to say that this should be done when we all know that it is never going to happen.