Sent to DS from Rev. Manny, thank you.
My personal Hero of the Day is H. Marshall Jarrett. Why?, you might ask. Well… Mr Jarret recently put out a report critiquing the legal advice the Bush Administration used, and created for itself, in support of torture.
By Jason Leopold
A key line in George W. Bush’s defense against war crimes charges has weakened with the disclosure that an internal Justice Department watchdog has concluded that the legal advice, which cleared the way for Bush’s policies on torture and other abuse of detainees, was tainted by political influence.
An investigation by H. Marshall Jarrett, head of the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility, reached “damning” conclusions about numerous cases of “misconduct” in the advice from John Yoo and other lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel during the Bush administration, according to legal sources familiar with the report’s contents.
OPR investigators determined that Yoo blurred the lines between an attorney charged with providing independent legal advice to the White House and a policy advocate who was working to advance the administration’s goals, said the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contents of the report are still classified.
Here’s the long and short of it. You can slice this sucker about seven ways and at least half a dozen members of the Bush Administration are guilty of War Crimes, Crimes Against the Constitution or Crimes Against Humanity. They are furthermore guilty of criminal negligence as holders of public office. Corruption only serves to round out the first full mouthful of possible charges against this heinous and immoral reign of the Bushists. Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez, John Yoo and Scooter Libby need to be conspicuously punished–to clear the air for the rest of the world, as well as for future generations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has introduced some sort of immunity for honesty trade off for any member of the Bush Administration that comes out openly and discusses what the hell went so wrong. Writechic has a fantastic post, and 2 vids on the subject here.
Now here’s the action part. We need to make sure they hear us in the Senate Judiciary Committee. We need to ask them to prosecute the crimes of the Bush Administration. Ask them to set an example for future generations and those around the world who are watching this important moment in our history. Ask them, no, demand of these people (remember, they’re OUR employees) that they prosecute this gang of criminals to the full extent of the law.
Here is a link to send a message to Senator Patrick Leahy, who is the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Arlen Specter is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can email him here.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has a Subcommittee that focuses on the Constitution. Here’s a link to who is on that Constitution Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Here is their address if you’d like to mail them your feelings.
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitution
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Russ Feingold is the Senator that chairs this SubCommittee. To contact Senator Russ Feingold click here.
Senator Tom Coburn is the Ranking Member of this Constitution SubCommittee (the number 2). To email Senator Coburn click here. phone numbers (notorious email dodger) Washington: 202-224-5754; Tulsa: 918-581-7651; Oklahoma City: 405-231-4941
Senator Diane Feinstein is also on this Constitution Subcommittee. To email her, click here.
Senator Arlen Specter is also on this subcommittee. To email him, click here. (You’ll have to scroll down quite a bit before you find the form)
Senator Dick Durbin is also on this subcommittee. You can email him here.
Senator Lindsay Graham is also on this subcommittee. You can email him here.
Senator Benjamin Cardin is alson on this subcommittee. You can email him here. or call at 202-224-4524
Senator John Cornyn is also on this subcommittee. You can email him here.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is also on this subcommittee. You can email him here.
Senator Ed Kaufman is also on this subcommittee. You can email him here.
Ok so maybe that’s alot of email writing for one day. But I’m going to do half the list today and then half the list tomorrow. Then the first half again the day after that, with new emails. And then the second half the day after that.
Our country has a lot of problems to deal with at the moment. A good portion of these problems were created by the criminal miscreants we will just call the Bushists for now. In some ways, all of us aided and abetted to the extent that we did not fight to stop the criminality. Let’s not make the same mistake again.
One Love, One Hope, One Struggle,
Reverend Manny and the Twilight Empire
ps. or we could just try the GOP solution (h/t RandTant)