Yes, as the Washington Post reports, the United States government announced today that there will be no penalties whatsoever for the lawyers who were ordered by their superiors, George Bush and Dick Cheney, to write memos “justifying” the tortures that Bush and Cheney wanted to unleash upon captives held indefinitely without charges, without evidence, without trial, without rights.
Dick Cheney has openly confessed to instructing his pathetic little minions, his nasty little modern-day Vyshinksys, John Yoo and Jay Bybee, to write the scraps of paper of twisted legalese meant to pre-emptively exonerate the top officials of the United States government for the unambiguously criminal actions they were to inflict upon their uncharged, untried prisoners — some of whom had actually been purchased, like slaves, from traffickers in human bodies — around the world. Cheney boasts openly of supporting and facilitating torture techniques — such as waterboarding — which have historically been prosecuted as high crimes by American authorities, and are, in fact, capital crimes under the laws of the United States today.
But on Friday, February 19, 2010, the administration of President Barack Obama declared that not only will it not prosecute the avowed and boastful perpetrators and accomplices of the capital crime of torture, it will not impose even the mildest of administrative or professional reprimands upon them. For the foulest of tortures, reaching even to murder, the government of the United States will do nothing: no investigation, no prosecution, no penalty.
I have run out of words to describe how vile this is. The mind recoils against fully comprehending the moral depravity of our leaders — and the reeking stench of their pious hypocrisy.
[ Chris Floyd ]
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
It’s a story not being reported here, so let’s turn to the BBC:
“The order applies to 70 court cases against some of the top US companies.
“While George Bush remains in the White House, it is unlikely the gagging orders will be lifted.
“To date, no major US contractor faces trial for fraud or mismanagement in Iraq.”
Your tax dollars magically transformed into McMansions and Bentley’s for the politcally connected. The next war should be on corruption in politics, doncha think?
Your mission, if you chose to accept it, is to run the show in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the newly created position of Imperial War Czar. Take ownership, champion a “win-win” scenario, manage the conflict with an eye toward eventual military “success,” and optimize/utilize funding streams downline.
In your new position of “War Czar” you will deflect “flak” from upper management and meticulously micro-manage each and ever aspect and optimize the benefit to our shareholders and contractors.
You must be willing and have the capacity to suspend belief about the overall organizations seeming inability to succeed at “war,” while paying lip service to traitors who cannot possibly understand the big picture in inoffensive and non-confrontational ways.
You will have at your disposal a public relations entity very well lubed, with supporters/cheerleaders selectively planted in the ranks. If you can utilize these resources well, your long tenure is assured.
You must possess the requisite mental aptitude and positive attitude necessary to multi task in a multi-org environment (a third region will be awarded to you very soon once you have passed the required probationary period) then please send your resume to:
President Dick Cheney
Washington, DC, 01010
As this Guardian article explains, those returds at the American Enterprise Institute offered scientists 10,000 samolies (US) in an attempt to undermine a very important report about to be released by the UN.
Sure, greed is good, and the AEI are surely counting on that most American of human traits to further blow smoke out of their asses and into everyone else’s face <cough>.
“Hey gang, I have an idea, let’s muddy up the issue further! It’s fun! And profitable! And it’ll all come a cropper long after we’re dead anyway, and my trust fund heirs will be safely ensconced on higher ground in soon-to-be balmy Wyoming! Even the lesbian ones!” -Swinging Dick Cheney, American Overlord
Difficult to believe? Well, it’s true!
“Why keep up this pretense any longer?” asked the former Veep, Mr. Cheney. “In time of war, a convoy can only go as fast as it’s slowest ship. I think George is a really swell guy, but we need to stop dragging our heels, get a move on, and get control of the situation.”
Which situation the new President was referring to wasn’t made clear.
This historic switcheroo is sure to provoke a constitutional crisis. However, pundits claim this isn’t entirely unprecedented.
“President Reagan effectively did the same thing, only he never relinquished the title,” said William Kristol of the Project for New American Century, a think tank and influential lobby based in Washington D.C.
Mr. Kristol continued, “What Mr Cheney has decided to do is in the best interest of the American public and the Iraqi people in this time of war, and will be looked back as an important, if not historic, development in government by the people, for the people.”
Mr. Bush has been in seclusion at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.
The former president has so far remained silent, and has chosen, according to aides, not to comment in detail on the role reversal at this time.
“The new Vice President would like the American public to know, that this development is in their best interests, and they should not fear for their country at this time,” has been his only official response.