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Torture expert John Yoo has a new gig…as monthly columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition to yawn-y legal opinions, he’ll also be sharing his thoughts on how to commit war crimes and get away with them, how to re-brand waterboarding into an extreme sport and lobby to get it into the next Olympic Games, and how to rock a White Man’s Puff when you’re not white!
President Obama stated today that he would leave open the possibility of criminal prosecution for the members of the Bush administration that constructed legal basis for torture-based interrogation during war-on-terrortime. The choice to take legal action against these policy architects will land squarely in the lap of Attorney General Eric Holder.
“With respect to those who formulated those legal decisions, I would say that is going to be more a decision for the attorney general within the parameter of various laws, and I don’t want to prejudge that,” Obama said during a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah at the White House.
It’s about time.
We’re looking forward to seeing who might get called to task, should Holder decide to pursue real legal action against those morally challenged policymakers. We’re particularly interested in seeing what might come of John “Torture Memo Shmorture Memo” Yoo, whose “moral compass” while working for the White House seemed not only lost, but shat on twice and destroyed.
We can’t help but wonder if he’s starting to feel just a liiiiiiiiiiiittle bit sorry about some of his actions, for once.
Or perhaps a bit nervous about being questioned by the prosecution.
Filed under: Attorney General Eric Holder, Constitutionality, John Yoo, Moral Compass, Not Sorry, Oh Shit, President Barack Obama, Prosecution, The Bush Administration, The Torture Memo, Torture, War Crimes
At long last, an arrest warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court today for Omar al-Bashir, the President of Sudan, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
No thanks to this guy:
Filed under: China, Crimes Against Humanity, Darfur, Dictators, ICC, International Criminal Court, Mass Killings, Omar Al-Bashir, Security Council, Sudan, Trade Relations, Unfunny Stuff, Wang Guangya, War Crimes
Occupation: Army Man and Truth Teller
Known for: Man-ing up, blowing the lid off of human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib, getting unceremoniously forced into retirement for doing the right thing, accusing the Bush administration of war crimes, looking really damn studly in uniform.