Nerve from the New York Times: Prosecute Cheney for Torturing Terrorists and Protecting Americans

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APTOPIX Cheney Hospitalized

The New York Times editorial board has called upon President Barack Obama to prosecute former Vice President Dick Cheney for the torture of terrorism suspects.

The sharply worded editorial comes amid an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch to launch an investigation into U.S. torture practices. The two groups will submit a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

“The question everyone will want answered, of course, is: Who should be held accountable? That will depend on what an investigation finds, and as hard as it is to imagine Mr. Obama having the political courage to order a new investigation, it is harder to imagine a criminal probe of the actions of a former president,” the Times editorial board wrote.

“But any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos,” the board continued. “There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.”

The calls from the Times and the ACLU and HRW come after the recent release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on U.S. torture practices, including a 524-page executive summary that detailed grotesque interrogation tactics, including waterboarding, hanging by the wrists, death threats, confinement in coffins and “rectal feeding.”

“Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments,” the Times editorial board wrote. “Because of the Senate’s report, we now know the distance officials in the executive branch went to rationalize, and conceal, the crimes they wanted to commit. The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.”

It seems clear that the New York Times does not represent what is best for America.

POLITICO

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13 COMMENTS

  1. These guys at the NYT don’t get it:
    America & the free world is at WAR against a criminal philosophy.
    The war against communism will have been a child’s play compared to the war against radical Islam.
    The NYT are duped into playing “useful idiots” by crazies who use democracy & its media solely for their interim purpose.
    One can see democracy & independent media disappear wherever they took over.

  2. These guys at the NYT don’t get it:
    America & the free world is at WAR against a criminal philosophy.
    The war against communism will have been a child’s play compared to the war against radical Islam.
    The NYT are duped into playing “useful idiots” by crazies who use democracy & its media solely for their interim purpose.
    One can see democracy & independent media disappear wherever they took over.

  3. So what’s new? The Times, ACLU et al have been dreaming about doing this for years. Very doubtful it will happen because the new Republican-dominated Congress will do everything to thwart it, if possible. Also, if they try to open an investigation, the Congress can push back by bringing charges against Obama for illegally circumventing Congress’ authority with various Executive Orders, etc. Bottom line, it would get very ugly for both sides and is in no one’s interest to do so.

  4. And after Cheney etal are prosecuted, who does the NY Times expect to take action necessary to defend the people of the US from terrorist threats. The boy scouts?

  5. How about caring about muslim terrorists torturing
    and killing innocent american citizens? Or, is the only thing that is important is the feelings and sentiments of non-citizen muslim terrorists caught in the act and determined to strike again?

  6. I am not a lover of the times or terrorists but giving the c.i.a. Or anyone unconditional rights to torture is a mistake. What would have happened if the c.i.a. Water boarded pollard to get him to give up names of American jews who helped him spy? Would everyone scream anti semitism if the c.i.a. Claimed they were doing it to help America.

  7. Dick Cheney has been a very strong and eloquent advocate for Israel.

    Dick Cheney is a patriot who stands for everything that is good and right in the United States of America.

    Conversely, the New York Times has lost whatever journalistic integrity it previously possessed. They are now a prime example of tabloid, left-wing, and Obamaphilic journalism.

  8. The NYT should have long been proscuted for Treason and Sedition. They never demanded torture charges be brought against the Nazis because they never reported that they commited those crimes

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