Simply, Crimes: German Human Rights Group Seeks To Prosecute the Torturers - and Hell, Even the Times Agrees

Simply, Crimes: German Human Rights Group Seeks To Prosecute the Torturers - and Hell, Even the Times Agrees

In signs of a slow deep sea change in what can and cannot be done in our name, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has filed a criminal complaint against Bush torture program architects, accusing them of war crimes, rejecting the "golden shield" of a U.S. legal defense, and calling for a German prosecutor to hold an investigation to "help to ensure that those responsible for abduction, abuse and illegal detention do not go unpunished.” More astonishingly, the New York Times has written a blistering editorial likewise calling for prosecution of "the torturers and their bosses" who broke federal and international laws. It argues "no amount of legal pretzel logic can justify the behavior detailed in the (Senate) report," slams "the distance officials in the executive branch went to rationalize, and conceal, the crimes they wanted to commit," and condemns "blinkered apologists... desperate to call these acts anything but torture, which they clearly were...The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American men and women from the highest levels of government on down." Strong stuff from some of the original blinkered apologists. Obama administration - the one "infested with torturers and abettors" - your move, and last slim chance to do what's right.

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