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2009/01/23

Torture ignore or prosecute?

The Justice Department should investigate thoroughly allegations of torture by American officials and operatives, but, as in cities, counties, states, and the federal government the prosecutors have precedent to decide who to prosecute. They may to further evidence gathering offer immunity to suspects. I would recommend this to most, if not all, C.I.A. operatives; in addition, admonish them for their misguided attitudes and illegal acts. I believe that if anyone is indicted it should be the few top civilian leaders in the Defense Department, the political appointees in the C.I.A., in the White House and such. The career people in the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies should be given a lecture on the U.S.Constitution (Senator Byrd would be ideal for this.) and how to do their jobs in a constitutional republic, unless a death or severe injury occurred.

I, personally, would be satisfied with only the indictment of Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice if the evidence warrants.


Some folk who watch 24 (I love the program.) do not perceive an important fact; Jack Bower does not ever say that U.S. Law should ever condone or allow torture. He simply makes the private and personal decision to do it and has expressed that he is willing to accept the legal consequences.

If I was ever in that situation, when I knew that this person had the requisite information I would threaten, then maybe torture. After I would surrender to the U.S.Attorney for arrest, indictment, and trial with a possible guilty verdict and imprisonment. Ever hear of jury nullification? If I obtained useful information the jury may just say, Not guilty. If not I may go to prison as I should.

Jack Bower does not in his fictional world ever say that the law should condone torture; he says that sometimes an individual should break the rules and accept the consequences.

A jury may or may not see a greater good.

No law enforcement officials, intelligence officials, any executive, judicial, or legislative bodies in the United States of America, or citizen, ever say that torture is legal or condoned or tolerated. Any person suspected of torture takes their chances under the law as any other criminal suspect, with presumption of innocence, right to counsel, and a fair trial. Can it be any other way in this country and we still say we are a free people?

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