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Pat Leahy Is Still Pushing For Show Trials

From a positively giddy Time Magazine:

Ankle cuffs are used to restrain prisoners at the detention facility at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Probe Bush-Era Wrongdoings

By Bobby Ghosh / Washington Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009

The Right screams that it’s a witch-hunt, the Left complains it’s a cop-out, and President Obama wishes it would just go away. But Senator Patrick Leahy isn’t about to drop his proposal for a Truth Commission to investigate wrongdoing in the Bush Administration. "We would be making bad mistake, for history’s purpose, if we walk away from this," the Vermont Democrat told TIME…

As Leahy envisions it, the Truth Commission’s priorities would be to investigate the politicization of prosecution in the Justice Department under former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; the wiretapping of U.S. Citizens; the flawed intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq; and the use of torture at Guantanamo and so-called black sites abroad. Leahy’s commission is to be modeled after one that investigated the apartheid regime in South Africa. The panel would have subpoena power but would not bring criminal charges. The South African commission also allowed those testifying to seek immunity from prosecution.

Bush’s harshest critics think Leahy’s controversial plan doesn’t even go far enough. They argue that a Truth Commission would amount to a get-out-of-jail pass for officials who they believe broke the law; they would prefer to see more muscular criminal investigations and prosecution of top officials, possibly Bush himself. Leahy, a 34-year Senate veteran, says he understands the sentiment. "Instinctively, I’d prefer prosecutions too, but in my experience you usually end up getting only the small guys while the top people get away," Leahy told TIME, citing as an example the investigation into the Abu Ghraib scandal.

Besides, he added, "a thorough prosecution could take 12-15 years, and I would like to get some answers quickly." Long, drawn-out processes like the one that led to the indictment of President Bill Clinton "usually don’t get to the bottom of things and don’t benefit the country," he said.

Perhaps surprisingly, a majority of Americans polled recently by Gallup expressed their support for some kind of investigation into Bush-era wrongdoing such as the politicization of the Justice Department or torture, though much of the backing was for an independent panel, not a criminal probe…

Elections do have consequences.

And when you give power to people who vehemently hate our country, this is what you can expect.

In a just world, Mr. Leahy (and his partner in this plan, Mr. Conyers) would have been put behind bars long ago for his (their) many crimes against our nation.

“Bobby” Ghosh searches for his ancestors in (Muslim) Bangladesh.

Speaking of which, please note that the “reporter” who wrote this piece is the self-same Aparisim “Bobby” Ghosh, who along with Tim McGirk, made up stories and sources for the Time’s scoop on the ‘Haditha Massacre’ that wasn’t.

Tim McGirk

Lest we forget, that manufactured lie caused a lot of US soldiers to lose their lives at the hands of newly motivated bombers.

When will Messrs Ghosh and McGirk be hauled before any ‘truth commission’?

When will the rest of our media get their turn in the dock?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “Pat Leahy Is Still Pushing For Show Trials”

  1. proreason says:

    Somehow, we got locked in a hall of mirrors….and we may have to shoot our way out.

  2. czar says:

    Charlie Rangel further enhances the lack of integrity of this group of perfidious mountebanks. And what are Cindy Sheehan’s credentials? The inmates control the asylum.

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Hypothetically speaking, even if this panel were to convict Bush and other officials it still wouldn’t be enough for them. Even if it went as far as to execute Bush and his lot for their ‘crimes’, the left’s hatred is so intense that they would make an annual pilgrimage to visit his grave site just to piss on it.

  4. BillK says:

    Can we start the “Truth Commission” by investigating whether Janet Reno’s dismissal of all US Attorneys was a political decision?

    Nope, politicization just started in 2000…

  5. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Talk show host Michael Savage refers to her as Janet ‘Sterno’, from the Waco/Branch Davidian debacle. Why can’t the Libs just drop all this animosity. Oh that’s right, it goes against the grain of their nature.

  6. pdsand says:

    I might have caught up in all the hysteria around whether or not Bush had the audacity to intercept U.S. citizens’ international phone calls to suspected terrrorists without a warrant, thus shredding the constitution. But I didn’t see any truth commissions set up to rake through Reno’s eagerness to actually kill U.S. citizens on a number of occasions. And that’s not even in the wacky ‘9/11 was an inside job’ way, it’s just the plain old regular send the ATF and FBI in to kill while TV cameras are rolling because I said so, kind of way.

  7. pdsand says:

    I also like how they would like to offer immunity for witnesses to testify to the commission. But then how a little while later it says an actual trial is not forthcoming. So basically they might find a guy who did something illegal, but I doubt it. They offer him immunity to tell the commission what it wants to know, and it goes down in the commission report as having been found that Karl Rove actually committed or authorized the illegal act. And since there’s no trial coming, Mr. Rove or Bush would have no means or venue in which to defend themselves. This sounds like one heck of a way to get to the truth.

  8. canary says:

    The AAA Amunition Accountablility Act.
    It’s all handgun ammo. The stores keep running short of ammo, especially the .380, and now it’s the more common ammo running out. So consider this when buying a gun. While this bill is only 17 states, it’s the Certain guns with clips that hold too many rounds will be outlawed. It’s like deal as the auto industry customizing to one car according to one states laws. So, in June 09 figure “all ammo will be marked” in June, and taxed. Certain guns and clips will no longer be sold period. A good way to bankrupt the gun and ammo and for the new ollah Obama government and green left regime to track gun owners in states that believe in the right to bear arms. Wait til they come banging on doors, and take a relative you may not see again.


    • canary says:

      prehaps it will come down to a universal pea shooter, each pea genetically tested to it’s mother plant. One pea shooter per household, if you can qualify.

      just a sample quote from sponsers of this bill. The bill is much much much more then marked ammunition. It’s outlawing handguns too.

      Ammunition coding technology works by laser etching the back of each bullet with an alpha-numeric serial number. Then when a potential criminal purchases a box of 9mm cartridges, the box of ammunition and the bullets’ coding numbers would be connected to the purchaser in a statewide database. When a bullet is found at a crime scene, the code on the bullet can be read with a simple magnifying glass and then be run through a statewide database to determine who purchased the ammunition and where, providing a valuable investigative lead.

    • proreason says:

      “When a bullet is found at a crime scene, the code on the bullet can be read with a simple magnifying glass and then be run through a statewide database to determine who purchased the ammunition ”

      Well then, that will certainly stop criminals from flaunting their credit cards and photo id’s and declaring themselves madmen while stocking up on ammo for their next crime spree.

      For the 1% that used to do that, now they’ll have to steal it, like the other 99%.

  9. canary says:

    Ammo and Gun manufacturers will become federal govt owned, after the government bankrupts them. A toy can be engraved and sent around the world, with unique store lot numbers, barcodes,stickers,boxes, etc. But, engrave bullets? Is this what ollah Obama meant by more and more federal governement jobs coming up?

  10. catie says:

    It never ceases to amaze me that Leahy continues to drum this up with his thug friend Conyers. Both need to be sent to Gitmo, especially Conyer’s wife. Yes, they only care about the troops if there is a political benefit to them in it. They would like to see President Bush in jail along with Vice President Cheney. I guess they must live little, miserable lives to be so full of hate but then again liberalism equals hate. All losers may not be liberals but all liberals are losers.

  11. VMAN says:

    Isn’t this the guy they call “Leaky Leahy”? You know, I believe it is. Pass out the torches and pitch forks guys and let’s storm the castle.

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