Tuesday, April 1, 2008

War Crimes and Crime Wars

The Bush Administration added another terror suspect to its emerging line up of planned war crimes trials before military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani stands accused of central involvement of the bombing of the US embassy in Tanzania in 1998, a crime for which he was indicted then a decade ago. Captured in 2004, Ghailani will now get the post-9/11 treatment along with 9/11 planner, Khalid Sheik Muhammed. The announcement suggests the administration is planning to make sure that the rest of this election year will focus on its preferred topics, the existence of men intent to killing scores of Americans at a time and the appropriateness of torture, limited due process procedures, and ultimately the death penalty for doing justice in such cases.

Read William Glaberson's reporting in today's NYTimes

1 comment:

geo1952 said...

Please excuse the intrusion.
Do you want John Yoo associated with your school?
Are you comfortable with that?

Exchange from a 12/1/05 debate in Chicago between Professor John Yoo, a chief architect of the Unitary Executive theory, and Professor Doug Cassel, international human rights scholar.

Cassel: If the President deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?
Yoo: No treaty.
Cassel: Also no law by Congress. That is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo.
Yoo: I think it depends on why the President thinks he needs to do that.
rwor.org/a/028/john-yoo.html audio online at revcom.us

Shame on you.
Shame on you.

My 17 year old son was flirting with the idea of attending Berkeley as a undergraduate in 2009.
I can guarantee you: Not one dime of my money will ever fund that war criminal's employment at your school.

Shame on you.

Prison for him.

University of Minnesota for my kid.