Thursday, April 24, 2008

Heathers...

So like High School. Only so much more deadly and destructive:

Former DOJ Official Yoo Refuses to Testify

Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo, who wrote the controversial legal memos authorizing harsh interrogation programs, will not testify voluntarily before the House Judiciary Committee -- paving the way for a possible subpoena and showdown over Executive Privilege. Yoo's lawyer has just informed House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers that he would not appear.

In a letter, Yoo's lawyer told Conyers he was "not authorized" by DOJ to discuss internal deliberations.

Not authorized. Hmmmm... I would suspect otherwise. The authorization being an inconvenient, at least for the Republicans, document that does give Congress the over-sight power of the government we used to call the Constitution and is now known as "Antique Republican Toilet Paper" considering how often they use it wipe their butts. Regardless of the idiotic theories of John Yoo and the arm-chair apologists who argued the exact opposite, often quite vehemently, when Clinton was President.

"We have been expressly advised by the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice that Professor Yoo is not authorized to discuss before your Committee any specific deliberative communications, including the substance of comments on opinions or policy questions, or the confidential predecisional advice, recommendations or other positions taken by individuals or entities of the Executive Branch," Yoo's lawyer, John C. Millian, wrote in a letter to Conyers.
Yes. Of course they're not going to authorize it. Or investigate it. Because they're complicit in breaking the law. And one thing criminals aren't going to do is suddenly develop a conscious and dutifully investigate themselves.

This isn't a minor point, it's not just our own laws we're violating and we can retroactively change. We've signed treaties on torture that forbid these actions. Treaties, that we sign, have legal weight, that is if you believe in these words: "...all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution [of any State] or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding" found in that inconvenient document.

Clearly, the DoJ cannot investigate itself. Clearly our government, under the Republicans, is broken and being run by a bunch of criminals who don't care for anything but themselves.
Millian also noted that Yoo was involved in a lawsuit over the legal memos and that it would "not be appropriate" for him to testify while the litigation was pending.
Conyers invited Yoo to testify before the committee May 6th about the
memos. He told Yoo the committee was prepared to subpoena him if he declined to appear voluntarily. Today's letter -- and DOJ's position that Yoo was not authorized to answer Conyers' questions -- is likely to lead to that next step.

Yoo isn't the only administration official the Judiciary Committee is asking to testify. After
ABC News reported that top administration officials approved specific details of harsh interrogations by the CIA, Conyers sent another round of letters.

"New and troubling allegations suggest that the decisions on torture came from the highest levels of government," Conyers said after the ABC report. "These reports, if true, represent a stain on our democracy. The American people deserve to hear directly from those involved."

Those invited include former Attorney General John Ashcroft, CIA Director George Tenet, former Assistant Attorney General Daniel Levin and former undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, as well as Vice President Cheney's Chief of Staff David Addington.

I swear, they need to be impeached, arrested and sent off for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity trials. And, at this point, I think that should include the complicit press as de facto agents for these criminals. The morally bankrupt "wanna-be cool kids" who seem more intent on re-enacting their high school fantasies about becoming popular by schmoozing the current "in-crowd" then standing up to them.

Kind of like Heathers.

Only, this isn't high school. There are real people being crushed by the "in crowd." Crushed to death.

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