Dick Cheney: “And the Rock Cried out, No Hiding Place.”

There’ no hidin’ place down here
You, know there’s no hidin’ place down here
I went to the rock to hide my face
But the Rock cried out, no, no hiding place down here.

                                                 Gospel Song.

I’ve been busy with the E-Book for the last couple of days.  But now that it’s done, there’s stuff I have to catch up on.  Stuff like this.
Last week, Spencer Ackerman who writes for Wired.com’s “Danger Room” blog received a copy of former State Department counselor Philip Zelikow’s memo that warned The Bush Administration that Waterboarding could be considered “a felony war crime”.

Zelikow argued that the Geneva conventions applied to al-Qaida — a position neither the Justice Department nor the White House shared at the time. That made waterboarding and the like a violation of the War Crimes statute and a “felony,” Zelikow tells Danger Room. Asked explicitly if he believed the use of those interrogation techniques were a war crime, Zelikow replied, “Yes.”

Zelikow first revealed the existence of his secret memo, dated Feb. 15, 2006, in an April 2009 blog post, shortly after the Obama administration disclosed many of its predecessor’s legal opinions blessing torture. He briefly described it (.pdf) in a contentious Senate hearing shortly thereafter, revealing then that “I later heard the memo was not considered appropriate for further discussion and that copies of my memo should be collected and destroyed.”

At least one copy survived in the files of the department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The State Department has now disclosed it to Danger Room, mostly without redactions — three years after this reporter filed an official request for it.

So essentially, the thin fig leaf of justification the Bush Administration had for starting a torture program has been torn off. (And yes, I’m calling it “torture”, not “Enhanced Interrogation”.  I’m sorry but I have too much respect for Human Rights and the english language to continue using that solipsist term!) Which would mean that, in a better time, a new inquiry would be opened into this cluster-fuck.
Sadly, we are not living in better times.

We need to be honest about this. Obama dropped the ball on this.
Now you can justify this by saying “Well, he did it because he wanted to avoid a firefight with GOP and focus on the immediate problems like the collapsing economy.” But when you look at the firefight we’ve had with the GOP for the last three years, Obama would have been better off frog marching Bush and Cheney to the South Lawn, putting them on dunking machines filled with mule piss and goat vomit and charged a buck a throw.  (With Iraq and Afghanistan vets throwing free.)
(Sidebar. There is another theory I have about why Obama chose not to push for prosecution.  But since I have no evidence and the mere venting of this speculation would push me dangerously into Alex Jones territory, I’m keeping it to myself.)
And let’s be honest, we bear some responsibility for this too.
We should have pushed harder for prosecution ourselves as a nation. Yes, there were (And are.) groups that pushed for prosecution for them but collectively, we allowed ourselves to go into denial.
That needs to stop now.
Only by bringing Bush and Cheney to justice can we heal this scar on the body politic and assure that torture in our names never happens again.
And if that means we have to hold (Metaphorically.) Obama’s feet to the fire on this, so be it.
And that’s not enough, we need to hold Bush and Cheney’s feet to the fire too. (Also metaphorically.)
As the recent outcry in Canada shows, Cheney must never be allowed to fade into memory as an elder statesman. But instead be called for what he is. A War Criminal.
And he must be reminded of this, everywhere he goes.

There’ no hidin’ place down here
You, know there’s no hidin’ place down here
I went to the rock to hide my face
But the Rock cried out, no, no hiding place down here.

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