Meh Culpa

Meh Culpa: On the indictment of Cheney and Gonzales

I’ll admit to a touch of schadenfreude and a fair amount of giddiness, but this indictment’s small potatoes.  According to TPM, the DA in South Texas has himself been arrested and the charges aren’t exactly direct, so maybe nothing big will come of it.

Yeah, yeah.  I know.  There’s been all sorts of talk about the possibility that Obama will launch an investigation against the players in the Bush administration who approved torture or allow a commission to take its own sweet time sifting through the piles of evidence or let Justice investigate.  Or not, to all of those.  But maybe there’s a snowball in hell where this indictment came from.

I can hope.

Should nothing of merit develop here, I’d especially like to see other countries press charges as France did against Rumsfeld so the players can’t travel outside the USA.  I don’t care for having them around, but we grew ’em so we should keep ’em.

Update: Inside Ritmo, the immigrant detention in Raymondsville, TX, to which Cheney is connected by investing in Vanguard, Inc. According to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Vanguard  holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It [the indictment] accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and “at least misdemeanor assaults” on detainees because of his link to the prison companies.  Law.com says that Gonzales is accused of halting an investigation into one of the private prisons while he was at Justice. Cheney’s spokesperson had no comment and Gonzales’  lawyer is said to have denied any culpability on the part of his client. Oh yeah, and none of the indictments were signed by the judge.  Pathetic.

If the indictment goes anywhere, which is doubtful, this will be the first successful case of plausible deniability in ages.

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November 19, 2008 - Posted by | Bush administration, politics | , , , ,

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