All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing - Edmund Burke
Every day since i've expected to see the Congress ordering Obama's impeachment, expecting to see the Federal Marshals leading Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield out in handcuffs. Water boarding isn't a new thing, its use has been documented in numerous cases for centuries, it's been a favorite of torturers since at least the Spanish Inquisition. After WWII the US held war crimes trails, found Japanese officers guilty of torture for their use of waterboarding and executed them. During the Vietnam era the US put American soldiers on trial as torturers for using waterboarding, they were found guilty and received stiff sentences.
Waterboarding is torture! This has been clearly established in the UN Convention Against Torture [ratified by Ronald Reagan in 1987] and is illegal as well as immoral because Title 18, Part I, Chapter 113C of the US Code makes its use under any circumstances illegal. Yet, Obama, a Constitutional lawyer who vowed to prosecute those responsible for torture on numerous occasions during his '08 campaign, has had his toady Holder indict no one much less sent anyone to jail for these crimes.
Obama said at this obscene briefing that he had forbidden the use of SOME of the '"enhanced interrogation techniques” [torture] and had ordered closed SOME of the Bush-era rendition and black sites (offshore prisons). SOME is meaningless lawyer jargon, always remember, torture is still going on now. Not just in Guantanamo, but at many black sites all over the world.
One real journalist, Tom Engelhardt, asked yesterday: Who rules Washington? in his article 'The Rise to Power of the National Security State'. In it he says, "As every schoolchild knows, there are three check-and-balance branches of the U.S. government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary. That’s bedrock Americanism and the most basic high school civics material. Only one problem: it’s just not so."
'The Fourth Branch' - NSA's Clapper and CIA's Brennan
"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression.
In both instances, there's a twilight where everything remains
seemingly unchanged, and it is in such twilight that we
must be aware of change in the air, however slight,
lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
- Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas