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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:55 PM
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ACLU: Ind. Prosecutor Necessary-Possible Crimes Go Far Beyond CIA Interrogation Tape Destruction
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 03:55 PM by babylonsister
http://www.commondreams.org/news2007/1213-18.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 13, 2007
7:35 PM


CONTACT: ACLU
media@dcaclu.org

ACLU Outlines Reasons Why Independent Prosecutor Is Necessary
Possible Crimes Go Far Beyond CIA Interrogation Tape Destruction


WASHINGTON - December 13 -- The American Civil Liberties Union today sent a detailed 12-page letter to all members of Congress urging them to demand that Attorney General Mukasey appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate and prosecute any violations of federal criminal laws related to the interrogation of detainees, including any obstruction of justice.

The letter outlines ten reasons why the Senate should ask for an independent prosecutor. They are:

1.

There is credible evidence of numerous federal crimes
2.

Attempts to shield government officials from criminal prosecution were pursued by the White House, including by the president and vice president
3.

Attorney General Mukasey still refuses to say whether waterboarding and other forms of torture are illegal
4.

The current head of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department was in meetings on interrogations
5.

The past head of the Criminal Division reportedly advised on interrogation practices, possibly including the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah
6.

The Justice Department wrote the legal opinions authorizing torture
7.

The Justice Department has failed to bring any indictments based on twenty CIA and DOD referrals of possible crimes by civilians
8.

Military prosecutors have not gone up the chain of command
9.

Further delay in criminal investigations could put some crimes outside the statutes of limitation
10.

Congress and the agencies have failed in holding torture perpetrators accountable

"These tapes were sought by courts, Congress and the 9/11 Commission, and their destruction raises serious concerns of criminal obstruction of justice. But the tapes depicted far more serious criminal activity," said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "Limiting an independent prosecutor solely to any misconduct in the destruction of the tapes could end up being a further miscarriage of justice."

Christopher Anders, senior legislative counsel with the ACLU said, "Prosecutors should look beyond these videotapes and investigate the bigger problem of roughly six years of unpunished torture crimes. The range of alleged crimes is breathtaking in its scope, from obstruction of justice to torture to homicide. But because the torture program involved top officials in the White House, CIA, Justice Department, and Defense Department, only an independent prosecutor who can act outside the influence and control of this Administration can be trusted."

To see a copy of the ACLU letter go to:
www.aclu.org/safefree/general/33202leg20071213.html



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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 03:58 PM
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1. Table for two Nancy? Is it set? Is there a table? Harry, stop hiding behind Nancy!
Do you fucking get it yet you spineless corrupt bastards?

K&R
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:31 PM
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2. I'm angrier with Schumer and Feinstein. Now Mukasey claims
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:07 PM
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4. Oh them too.
I have a very big list. It gets larger every day. It is starting to rival the DHS 3,000,000 usual suspects list. But Chuck and Dianne are just foot soldiers for the leadership. Minions. Then again so are Harry and Nancy. Someday maybe we will have our own Glasnost and all of our files will get opened and we will learn a thing or two about what is really going on and who really is in charge.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:37 PM
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7. MUKASEY, Torture, and a Special Prosecutor. A Conflict of Interest Conundrum.
Mukasey may be in the middle of this from the earliest date, ruling on Padilla based on evidence obtained by torture. He may have to recuse, at the very least.

FROM: MUKASEY, Torture, and a Special Prosecutor. A Conflict of Interest Conundrum.
Dec-13-07 http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Jose Padillas lawyers argued before the Florida Federal Court that Abu Zubaydah was tortured into saying Padilla was an al Qaeda associate. The DOJ dismissed Padillas allegations as meritless, asserting Padillas legal team could not prove that Abu Zubaydah had been tortured. Well, its clear now that they certainly COULD have, if the tapes of the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah had been made available!

Now here is where Mukaseys role comes into question. U.S. District Judge Mukasey, now attorney general, was the one who signed the warrant used by the FBI to arrest Padilla in May 2002. Court records show the warrant relied in part on information obtained from Abu Zubaydahs interrogation. .....

The Attorney General can only issue a warrant based upon legally obtained evidence, and confessions under torture are certainly not legally obtained.
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:04 PM
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3. kick for more recs n/t
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:18 PM
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5. Obstruction of Justice...


...for starters.
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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 05:26 PM
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6. Add "Obstruction of Congress" in that they were required to inform Congress and did not
And, whose duty was it to fully inform Congress?

We are looking at possible indictments of three CIA Directors!!
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ladjf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 06:33 PM
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8. Mukasey is a Bush shill just like Gonzales was. n/t
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