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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:36 PM
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Mukasey Tries To Thwart Probes Into Torture, Domestic Surveillance
Attorney General Michael Mukasey has proven that he is cut from the same cloth as his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales, when it comes to protecting the Bush administration from evidence of wrongdoing.

Since he replaced Gonzales last year, Mukasey has also acted as the White Houses personal attorney placing politics above the rule of law.

This week, Mukasey let it be known that believes there is no legal basis to prosecute current and former administration officials for authorizing torture, domestic surveillance, and certainly no reason for President George W. Bush to issue blanket pardons when he leaves the White House in January to the individuals who implemented those policies.

"There is absolutely no evidence that anybody who rendered a legal opinion, either with respect to surveillance or with respect to interrogation policies, did so for any reason other than to protect the security in the country and in the belief that he or she was doing something lawful, Mukasey said during a roundtable discussion with reporters Wednesday. In those circumstances, there is no occasion to consider prosecution and there is no occasion to consider pardon.

If the word goes out to the contrary, then people are going to get the message, which is that if you come up with an answer that is not considered desirable in the future you might face prosecution, and that creates an incentive not to give an honest answer but to give an answer that may be acceptable in the future. It also creates some incentive in people not to ask in the first place.

Rep. John Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, immediately took issue with the breadth of Mukaseys statement and the blanket conclusion that everyone involved in approving these policies believed they were acting within the law.

http://www.pubrecord.org/law/540-mukasey-tries-to-thwar...


I knew this guy was bad news when he got confirmed by Congress.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:40 PM
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1. FASCIST THUGS" "There is absolutely no evidence that anybody who murdered jews in WW2
did it in the belief that he or she was doing something lawful,

The Constitution trumps inbreed mouth breathers
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:40 PM
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2. If they have nothing to hide......
what are they afraid of?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:41 PM
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3. He's smarter than Torquemada and more dangerous, imho. n/t
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:41 PM
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4. He'll be history in a few weeks
Good riddance.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:55 PM
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5. I'm not a big fan of Holder but hope he's up to the job
of cleaning out that department and bringing criminals of this administration to justice.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:57 PM
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6. Schumer and Feinstein are responsible for this debacle.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 01:59 PM
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7. Yeah, those two are complacent in a lot of enabling of
the Bush regime. Schumer fooled me for years until I started paying attention
to his two faced stances on issues.
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specimenfred1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:03 PM
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8. Sad but true, the U.S. would've been a better place if he'd dropped dead
the other night when he was lying his ass off at a Federalist meeting.
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Mist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:18 PM
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9. In a few weeks, Mukasey's opinions on, well, anything, won't matter too much. nt
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