Thursday, January 12, 2006

Home and Abroad: "Can You Say 'Illegal?' "

"Let's see, hawks on the left and right are appalled by the Preznit's power grab. Senators are pissed. Constitutional scholars are outraged. The only people backing up Bushie on this are the ones on his payroll -- well, and Yoo, who is on the hook for coming up with the idiotic idea in the first place, but let's just call that CYA support, shall we?

So much for the "everybody does it" defense. Can you say "illegal?" Thought you could."*
and in by no means unrelated news there's this from the Washington Post:

"Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, a central figure in the U.S. detainee-abuse scandal, this week invoked his right not to incriminate himself in court-martial proceedings against two soldiers accused of using dogs to intimidate captives at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, according to lawyers involved in the case.

The move by Miller -- who once supervised the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and helped set up operations at Abu Ghraib -- is the first time the general has given an indication that he might have information that could implicate him in wrongdoing, according to military lawyers."

Read full WAPO article here.

To use the argument so beloved of the Bush Administration. "If he has nothing to hide why won't he testify?" Funny how that one works isn't it?

* Reddhedd is a former prosecutor and is one of Firedoglake's dynamic duo in her own words:
About Me Mom, attorney, writer, and fighter of the fights that need fighting. "A time comes when silence is betrayal." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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