***I must add something since I first posted this blog entry: I have received everything from threats to my personal safety, profane and vulgar personal attacks, and generally ignorant and violent language from right-wingers who think the material below is liberal or left-wing...PLEASE check out all the signees whose websites are listed below; some of them are conservatives, Republicans, and right-wingers. Everything that does not mimic the sewage of Limbaugh, Hannity, et al is not liberal or left-wing.***
Unlike President Obama, and unlike the loyal Gestapo neocons, many of us think George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should be put on trial for crimes against the U.S. Constitution, torture, lying to the voters, breaking international agreements, an illegal war, and a host of other things. If this is not prosecuted, future presidents and administration officials may do whatever they deem necessary to get what they want. This is how fascism works. And for underlings to simply say they were carrying out orders is not an excuse; it wasn't at Nuremburg for Hitler's officials, and it shouldn't be now. There are Republicans, Democrats, Greens, independents, etc. who want Bush and Cheney put in the dock. The following people and organizations endorsed putting Bush-Cheney on trial...[a small sampling of signees]
http://prosecutebushcheney.org, www.AfterDowningStreet.org, www.ccrjustice.org, [Center for Constitutional Rights], http://republicansforimpeachment.com, http://www.nlg.org [National Lawyers Guild], www.saltlaw.org [Society of American Law Teachers], www.humanrightsusa.org, www.bushprosecution.org, www.legitgov.org, www.codepink4peace.org, Georgia Veterans Alliance, www.IndictBushNow.org, http://ivaw.org [Iraq Veterans Against War], www.mwcnews.net [Media With Conscience], www.myamericatoo.com, www.opednews.com, www.justiceonline.org [Partnership for Civil Justice], http://pubrecord.org [The Public Record], http://ruleoflawinstitute.org, www.savethebillofrights.org, www.topplebush.com, www.unitedforpeace.org, www.VeteransAgainstTorture.com, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, www.veteransforpeace.org, http://washintonforimpeachment.org, www.wtpnet.org [We the People Network], www.impeachwi.com [Wisconsin Impeachment/Bring Our Troops Home Coalition], www.wnpj.org [Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice], www.worldcantwait.net, http://worldinperspective.org
There are tons more. Here is the Statement on Prosecution of Former High Officials that they all signed:
"We urge Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a non-partisan Special Counsel to immediately commence a prosecutorial investigation into the most serious alleged crimes of former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Richard B. Cheney, the attorneys formerly employed by the Department of Justice whose memos sought to justify torture, and other former top officials of the Bush Administration.
Our laws, and treaties under Article VI of our Constitution are supreme law of the land, require the prosecution of crimes that strong evidence suggests these individuals have committed. Both the former president and former vice president have confessed to authorizing a torture procedure that is illegal under our law and treaty obligations. The former president has confessed to violating the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
We see no need for these prosecutions to be extraordinarily lengthy or costly, and no need to wait for the recommendations of a panel or 'truth' commission when substantial evidence of the crimes is already in the public domain. We believe the most effective investigation can be conducted by a prosecutor, and we believe such an investigation should begin immediately."