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In America, Speaking the Truth Is a Career-ending Event
"The evidence is sitting on the table. There is no avoiding the fact that this was torture."
These are the words of
Manfred Nowak, the UN official appointed by the
Commission on Human Rights to
examine cases of torture. Nowak has concluded
that President Obama is legally obligated to
prosecute former President George W. Bush and former
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. [UN
Rapporteur: Initiate criminal proceedings against
Bush and Rumsfeld now, By Scott Horton,
If President Obama's bankster
economic team finishes off what remains of the
In the December 2008 issue of
CounterPunch, Alexander Cockburn, in his
report on an inglorious chapter in the history
We see such acts of personal cowardice every day. Recently we had the case of Jewish scholar and Israel critic Norman Finkelstein, whose tenure was blocked by the cowardly president of DePaul University, a man afraid to stand up for his own faculty against the Israel Lobby, which successfully imposed on a Catholic university the principle that no critic of Israel can gain academic tenure.
The same calculation of
self-interest causes American journalists to serve
as shills for Israeli and
When US military officers saw that torture was a policy coming down from the top, they knew that doing the right thing would cost them their careers. They trimmed their sails. One who did not was Major General Antonio Taguba. Instead of covering up the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal, General Taguba wrote an honest report that terminated his career.
Despite legislation that
protects whistleblowers, it is always the
whistleblower, not the wrongdoer, who suffers. When
it finally became public that the Bush regime was
committing felonies under
Yet Bush and the Justice (sic) Department continued to assert that "we are a nation of law."
The Bush regime was a lawless
regime. This makes it difficult for the Obama regime
to be a lawful one. A torture inquiry would lead
naturally into a war crimes inquiry. General Taguba
said that the Bush regime committed war crimes.
President Obama was a war criminal by his third day
in office when he ordered illegal cross-border drone
For decades the
The entire world knows that
Obama's order to close Guantanamo Prison means very little. Essentially, Obama's order is a public relations event. The tribunal process had already been shut down by US courts and by military lawyers, who refused to prosecute the fabricated cases. The vast majority of the prisoners were hapless individuals captured by Afghan warlords and sold for money to the stupid Americans as "terrorists." Most of the prisoners, people the Bush regime told us were "the most dangerous people alive," have already been released.
Obama's order said nothing
about closing the CIA's secret prisons or halting
the illegal practice of rendition in which the CIA
kidnaps people and sends them to third world
countries, such as
Obama would have to take risks
that opportunistic politicians never take in order
Truth cannot be spoken in
Truth is never spoken by
government. As Jonathan Turley said recently,
Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan's first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow's Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.