Treason, Torture, and Truth
Sirocco has a good post on the subject as does Dashiell, who asserts:
Let’s be absolutely clear. Richard Cheney should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity, and for treason. As detestable a human being as he is, revenge is really not the point. Justice requires that when an individual holding high office in this land violates his oath of office, causes the deaths of untold thousands, and threatens the very foundation of constitutional government, there should be an accounting. Not for his sake—he’s incapable of remorse or apparently even of the recognition of ethical values—but for our sake and the sake of the country. If there’s no accountability for criminal behavior on the part of the most powerful people in the nation, then the law itself becomes hypocritical when applied to lesser crimes.
At the Washington Post, Ruth Marcus has a thought provoking piece Pyrrhic Torture Trials which as the title suggests, challenges the payoff / cost reality of prosecutorial efforts towards the arrogant thugs. Obama has already voiced more interest in addressing the future than the past, not eager to see his administration lose precious energy furnishing well deserved punishment to a small number of creeps. That history will condemn the monsters is no real penalty, for their arrogance and self-righteousness will follow them to the grave. Chris Wallace asked Dick Cheney what his "highest moment" in the last eight years was, and he answered "9/11." The answer is most telling, for 9/11 provided the "Pearl Harbor event" most desired by the PNAC fiends in their quest to rule the world. Dick Cheney was born right, has been right all his life, and will die right. The man has never made a mistake, drawn a wrong conclusion, or made a sub-optimal choice. Reality has no place at the table of his convictions.
We may not have the resources to have these individuals executed or imprisoned, but at the minimum we have an obligation to the truth. The reality of the American equivalent of Nazi Germany should be exposed and studied. Document the instances of illegal wire-tapping, torture, forgery, fraud, incompetence, and grotesque disregard for the Constitution and the rule of law. Organize the evidence and rigorously study the enabling factors and forces. Publish it all with the standards of academic discourse. We all know the saying about what happens to those who do not know history.