First the inhuman and immoral defense of torture by of Fr Robert Sinico (8 minutes in to the tape):
Here is confirmation that Condoleezza Rice played a contemptible role in enabling the Bush cabal to descend into subhumanity: http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/06/the-nyts-continuing-slide-on-torture.html#more
Now watch the Stanford students show her up:
"The president instructed us that nothing we would do would be outside of our obligations, legal obligations under the Convention Against Torture... The United States was told, we were told, nothing that violates our obligations under the Convention Against Torture, and so by definition, if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture," - Condoleezza Rice
A Stanford student wrote in 2008: "It's simple: Condi has been an enabler of the worst administration in our history. This administration, which lost two elections but bullied itself to power through fraud, intimidation and scandalous supreme Court intervention is a bona-fide fascist regime. As a pseudo-academician, Condi provided them with a veneer that pretended they weren't comprised solely of oil company thugs. She is an enabler just like Adolph Eichmann had been. The notion of this soon to be indicted war criminal residing and working at Stanford is nauseating, unacceptable and it shall not pass."
Now these war criminals are running scared: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/04/us/politics/04detain.html?_r=2&partner=rss&emc=rss
The ACLU can be thanked for securing assess to the documents that have made Condoleezza's lies immediately detectable. Here is a report from them:
"The Bush administration built an elaborate house of cards to justify torture, but thanks in part to some recent ACLU victories, the house of cards is finally beginning to fall.
"Over the last few weeks, we’ve secured the release of the Bush administration’s torture memos and won an important appeals court ruling in our challenge to Jeppesen DataPlan’s involvement in the CIA’s rendition program. We are also anticipating the release of torture photographs that the Bush administration managed to suppress for years.
"These victories didn’t happen overnight. In fact, the ACLU first filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on the treatment of prisoners on October 7, 2003. Since then, ACLU lawyers and cooperating lawyers have filed dozens of legal briefs and appeared at dozens of court hearings. ACLU suits have resulted in the release of more than 100,000 pages of government documents relating to the abuse and torture of prisoners in U.S. custody. We were gratified to finally get the Bush administration’s torture memos on April 16, but it’s worth noting that it took us several years to get them. We wouldn’t have been able to invest that time without your consistent support...
"We’re now focused on ensuring comprehensive transparency about the torture program and on ensuring that those who authorized torture are held accountable for it."
Here is a more recent ACLU communication:
Dear ACLU Supporter,
Unbelievably, there's a growing chorus to let the Bush torture team get off scot-free.
A draft report from the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility reportedly concludes that the lawyers who drafted the “torture memos” were legally sanctioning illegal interrogation methods. It asserts that they committed lapses of judgment but claims that they should not be prosecuted.
And now, according to the Washington Post, former Bush administration officials have launched a behind-the-scenes campaign to get the Justice Department to soften the ethics report even further.
We can’t hide the truth about torture, and enforcing the law is not a political decision. There must a thorough investigation, and if crimes have been committed, our legal system demands accountability.
Please write a letter to the editor of your local paper, and let them know that no one is above the law. You can also help get the word out by writing a blog post or commenting on an article about these developments online.
The ACLU and hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to demand a complete criminal investigation into Bush administration officials who authorized detainee abuse and torture.
Attorney General Holder has said that he intends to follow the facts and the law wherever they lead. We need to make sure he follows through and knows that the American public is behind him.
It would be a dangerous precedent to conclude that lawyers who played a critical role in an illegal program are immune from criminal investigations. No one is above the law.
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, and demand respect for the rule of law. Please also consider writing a blog post or commenting on an article about these developments online.
Thanks for all you do.
Anthony D. Romero