Posted by | November 4, 2010 17:49 | Filed under: Top Stories

By Yashwanth Manjunath

When CIA officials asked George W. Bush for permission to waterboard alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, his response was “Damn Right,” according to Bush’s own memoir Deception Point Decision Points. Ladies and gentlemen, we got him! That sounds like a clear confession to me. Bush just made it perfectly clear to the public that he knowingly and willingly violated Article 3 of the Geneva Convention; the part that talks about it being a war crime to torture prisoners of war.

But forget international law for a second; Bush violated American law! In fact, in 1983 federal prosecutors charged a Texas sheriff and three of his deputies with violating prisoners’ civil rights by forcing confessions through the use of waterboarding. They were all convicted and the sheriff was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Bush not only confessed to his crime, he said he would gladly “do it again to save lives.” For those of you who have seen the movie A Few Good Men, this is supposed to be the part where they drag Jack Nicholson/George W. Bush off to jail; so why hasn’t it happened yet?

Because this isn’t Hollywood; this is real life, and Eric Holder isn’t Tom Cruise. In real life, justice is not always served and the bad guys usually get away. Maybe next time we should elect a guy who promises to change how business is done in Washington. Maybe then we would get the ending that we deserve.

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