Fujimori’s Lesson for Bush
by Jacob G. Hornberger
If President Bush and Vice-President Cheney think that time is on their side with respect to crimes committed by their administration, this week’s criminal conviction of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori should put those thoughts to rest. Returning to Peru in the hope of returning to power, Fujimori was instead put on trial and convicted of “crimes against humanity,” including the killing of 25 people by military death squad.
Meanwhile, a Spanish judge, Baltasar Garzon, has opened a criminal investigation of six former Bush officials — Alberto Gonzalez, Douglas Feith, David Addington, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, and William Haynes — for torture allegations arising out of the Pentagon’s operations at Guantanamo.
Garzon was the judge who secured a criminal indictment of former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, which led to Spain’s extradition request for Pinochet when he visited London. While the request was ultimately unsuccessful, Pinochet was detained in London for a year awaiting the final disposition of the request.
In an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air yesterday, host Terry Gross asked investigative journalist Seymour Hersh if, as he continues to investigate the Bush administration, “more people” were “coming forward” to talk to him now that “the president and vice president are no longer in power.” Hersh replied that though “a lot of people that had told me in the last year of Bush, ‘call me next, next February,’ not many people had talked to him. He implied that they were still scared of Cheney.
“Are you saying that you think Vice President Cheney is still having a chilling effect on people who might otherwise be coming forward,” asked Gross. “I’ll make it worse,” answered Hersh, adding that he believes Cheney “put people back” in government to “stay behind” in order to “tell him what’s going on” and perhaps even “do sabotage”:
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh describes 'executive assassination ring'
By Eric Black | Published Wed, Mar 11 2009 11:17 am
At a “Great Conversations” event at the University of Minnesota last night, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh may have made a little more news than he intended by talking about new alleged instances of domestic spying by the CIA, and about an ongoing covert military operation that he called an “executive assassination ring.”
Hersh spoke with great confidence about these findings from his current reporting, which he hasn’t written about yet.
In an email exchange afterward, Hersh said that his statements were “an honest response to a question” from the event’s moderator, U of M Political Scientist Larry Jacobs and “not something I wanted to dwell about in public.”
Cheney warns of new attacks
Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed.
In an interview Tuesday with Politico, Cheney unyieldingly defended the Bush administration’s support for the Guantanamo Bay prison and coercive interrogation of terrorism suspects.
And he asserted that President Obama will either backtrack on his stated intentions to end those policies or put the country at risk in ways more severe than most Americans — and, he charged, many members of Obama’s own team — understand.
This could be a first step toward real justice.
"Obama not ruling out prosecution of Bush officials for crimes in office."
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday he was not ruling out possible prosecution for abuses committed under the George Bush administration, saying no one "is above the law".
"We're still evaluating how we're going to approach the whole issue of interrogations, detentions, and so forth," Obama said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC's This Week program when asked about alleged abuses under Bush.
"Obviously we're going to be looking at past practices and I don't believe that anybody is above the law," Obama said.
But Obama, who takes office on January 20, added that he wanted his administration to focus on tackling problems moving forward, rather than reviewing policies under his predecessor.
"My instinct is for us to focus on how do we make sure that moving forward we are doing the right thing," he said.
Cheney Calls Iraq 'Significant Success, Masterfully Done' By Blue Texan, Firedoglake January 5, 2009
Cheney Calls Iraq 'Significant Success, Masterfully Done'
By Blue Texan, Firedoglake
Posted on January 4, 2009, Printed on January 5, 2009
Not only does Dick want everyone to know how proud he is of BushCo's signature policy, he's pissed that the Iraqis took some of the luster off of Rummy's military masterpiece.
SCHIEFFER: Wouldn't it have been better, on reflection, to have a better and larger force [going into Iraq]?
DICK: Well, um, we could debate that forever and we may well. I think that the original campaign was masterfully done in terms of the small, fast moving force as you say, that achieved our inital objectives in taking down the regime and capturing Baghdad, that was a masterful performance.
Cheney: "I Don't Have Any Idea" Why I'm Unpopular
The Huffington Post | December 29, 2008 08:39 AM
Plse see for ARTICLE & COMMENTS : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/29/cheney-i-dont-have-any-id_n_153891.html
Hans Blix Would Testify Against Bush-Cheney War Crimes
Submitted by Bob Fertik on December 21, 2008 - 2:05pm. Bush Prosecution
On their History Rewrite Tour, Bush and Cheney insist the pre-war intelligence about Iraq's WMD's was bad and they were innocent dupes.
Of course we all know the truth from the Downing Street Memos and dozens of other sources, which is that "the intelligence and facts were fixed" around the policy of invasion. And here's one more damning piece of evidence, courtesy of Roads to Iraq. (The Aljazeera link is in Arabic - someone needs to translate it.)
Pls see (in Arabic) : http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/EXERES/5E375469-466D-47CF-B004-A588C4E3103E.htm
In an interview with Aljazeera today, former Chief of the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq told the TV that he and the Head of the IAEA “Mohamed Al-Baradei” were subjected to direct threats from Dick Cheney before the war.
Blix said that Cheney threatened to defame both men’s reputations if they didn’t came with the “required” answers.
mainstream mention of Cheney's
A Ticket to The Hague for Dick Cheney?
By Scott Horton
Gene Burns is one of the nation's most popular talk radio hosts. For years he has dismissed accounts of torture; America, he has said, does not torture. But last night, after watching Torturing Democracy and realizing that he had not understood how important and serious an issue torture had become, Burns abruptly changed his tune.
Here's a transcript of his remarks:
"I now believe that some international human rights organization ought to open an investigation of the Bush Administration, I think focused on Vice President Dick Cheney, and attempt to bring charges against Cheney in the international court of justice at The Hague, for war crimes. Based on the manner in which we have treated prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, and the manner in which we have engaged in illegal rendition–that is, surreptitiously kidnapping prisoners and flying them to foreign countries where they could be tortured by foreign agents who do not follow the same civilized standards to which we subscribe.
Report: Russians Move Into Georgia Rebel Area [MSNBC, 8/8/2008]
Cheney: Russia's Invasion Of Georgia "Must Not Go Unanswered" [Associated Press, 8/10/2008]
Putin Assails U.S. Over Conflict With Georgia [Associated Press, 8/11/2008]
Georgia Appeals For Help Over Russia "Invasion" [Reuters, 8/11/2008]
War Between Russia And Georgia Orchestrated From USA [Pravda, 8/11/2008]
U.S. Releases $250,000 Dollars For Emergency Aid In Georgia [AFP, 8/11/2008]
Russia's Medvedev Halts Military Action In Georgia [Associated Press, 8/12/2008]
Bush Warns Russia To Pull Back In Georgia [ABCNews, 8/12/2008]
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October 30, 2008
Obama's 9/11 - only in January 2009
By Rady Ananda
An OEN member posted an interesting article where the masses may have been given a head's up. An lively discussion ensured. This is my comment.
See The Coming International Crisis: What Do They Know, When Did They Find It Out.
Interesting info; here's another OpEd along the same lines: Biden Blurts Awful Truth from the Black Agenda Report:
It's true that Sen. Joe Biden "isn't very bright and he can't stop talking." But Biden's uncontrollable mouth may have alerted us to the Obama-Biden administration's post-election surprise - something so scary, Obama is "gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him...." Whatever's on Biden's agitated little mind, it must be big, real big. "
If Big Mouth Joe is already pleading for patience from the faithful, we are looking at Bush/Cheney the Sequel."
another old one that got missed, some typos, but lots of good points and the first time i've seen freepress.org cover 9/11 questions- they're fierce election integrity activists
Do we know who attacked America on 9/11? by Pete Johnson
October 7, 2007
Americans are convinced that Osama Bin Laden orchestrated the attack on America on September 11, 2001. This “fact” has been called into question by serious researchers because very little hard, credible evidence has ever been presented to support the contention. Then Secretary of State Colin Powell promised release of a White Paper that would document the links to bin Laden, but then claimed he had “misspoken”. The White Paper was shown to British officials instead, who were quoted in their press saying, “It’s not enough to go to court, but it’s enough to go to war.” The contents remain secret to the American public.
Personal Note: Pls see: Norman Mineta Confirms That Dick Cheney Ordered Stand Down on 9/11 Former Transportation Secretary Also Reveals Lynn Cheney Was in PEOC Bunker and Contradicts 9/11 Commission Report's Account of Dick Cheney's Timetable
Cheney to receive heart treatment
Mr Cheney, 67, has had four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery and operations to clear blocked arteries.
He was also fitted with a pacemaker seven years ago.
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