updated: added part 2
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January 27, 2009
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Should Obama Prosecute Bush and Cheney — Part I
Swanson: Reversing the policies does not provide a deterrent.
“If we let them go, we are almost guaranteeing that within a generation we will have someone worse,” argues David Swanson, Washington Director of Democrats.com and impeachPAC.org.
The Real News spoke to David and Dr. E. Faye Williams, chair of the National Congress of Black Women about whether Obama should pursue prosecution of Bush and Cheney for war crimes.
Dr. Faye believes that while Obama does not want to get “bogged down” in the past, he will not stand in the way if the people demand prosecution.
David argues that without prosecution there won’t be any deterrence for future wayward presidents, whether they’re democrats or republicans.
“Had Richard Nixon gone to prison, had we gotten monthly reports of his redemption, of his regrets over a period of decades we never would have had a President George W. Bush and essentially a President Dick Cheney committing the sorts of crimes they committed,” he said.
“Here we have a case, that’s absolutely unprecedented…because the president and vice president are on TV confessing to felonies, confessing to violating FISA, confessing to torture, confessing to illegal wars and so on. And so I don’t need every detail….I don’t need prosecution on every count. I just need a quick and dirty prosecution for the most blatant crimes,” he said.
Should Obama prosecute Bush and Cheney? Pt.2