Torture Memos Are Only The Tip Of The Bush Iceberg
By James Donahue
Shocking daily revelations about just how
directly involved former President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney and their top cabinet members were in designing
and instituting illegal torture of prisoners captured during their improvised “war on terror” are stirring the
nation awake after eight long years of slumber.
As if we were unaware that the Republican
crooks in the White House had so much blood on their hands? Who are we kidding?
Now that the truth is beginning to emerge,
we can expect much more unveiling of criminal acts if we allow the stories to be made public. Elizabeth De La Vega, former
federal prosecutor, told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann April 22 that Attorney General Eric Holder must ignore calls for a
special prosecutor to open an investigation.
De La Vega warned that once a special prosecutor
is appointed, it will mean that a Grand Jury will be seated, and all further information will become classified secrets inaccessible
to the public for many years, if ever. She said, and we agree, that it is important that all of the information about the
Bush criminal acts needs to be aired now, so that the American public and the world understands what happened to us since
2000 when that rag-tag gang of crooks stole the White House.
De La Vega noted that the Valeria Palme case
that led to the conviction of Cheney’s aide, Scooter Libby for perjury, was a prime example. The case involved Palme’s
exposure by a yet unknown high official as a CIA agent. This was done in apparent retaliation for a report by Palme’s
husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, which countered accusations that Saddam Hussein, had or was attempting to develop atomic
weapons. All of this information was buried because it went to a grand jury. If all of the facts were made known about that
case, De La Vega suggested that the mass corruption that brought America to its knees might have been stopped sooner.
We believe the launching of unnecessary wars
in both Afghanistan and Iraq, the harsh rhetoric that nearly started a third war with Iran, the awarding of no-bid contracts
to private corporations that got billions and billions of American tax dollars for botched-up work or no work at all in the
so-called rebuilding of Iraq, the stripping of teeth in environmental laws that allowed U.S. industry to continue on with
runaway pollution, the ravaging of the U.S. Treasury by banks and lending institutions, and so much more were possible criminal
acts waiting to be exposed.
If not criminal, they were obviously immoral
The very way in which Bush took office in
2001, by a Supreme Court vote, was unprecedented and possibly a criminal act committed by people in high places. In the midst
of an investigation by some major newspapers seeking to determine who really won that election, the nation was struck by the
worst terrorist act in our history. The events surrounding the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers
were so strange, and so unexplained, that many people believe this event was a major conspiracy, perhaps committed by our
That Congress had the Patriot Act shoved
down their throats within weeks after the attack, and were pressured into passing it without having a chance to even read
and understand it, supports the theory of a massive conspiracy. The act stripped Americans of many Constitutional freedoms.
To this day this piece of legislation needs to be repealed.
No, there is much much more that needs to
be revealed about the Bush-Cheney years of power in Washington. We don’t need a grand jury seated to muddy up the revelations
just yet. Let’s wait until all the facts are made public.
After that, we like De La Vega’s other
suggestion. She wants to see an international grand jury created, with members of all of the nations that participated in
the two wars, participating in collecting the evidence against this nest of war criminals. When they are done with them, it
would be fitting to see them all hung in the public square, if one exists in Washington D.C.