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The NLG has issued a White Paper explaining why the memos, which purported to give objective legal advice, subject all those involved to prosecution under international and U.S. domestic law. This includes people who ordered the torture, approved it or gave advice to justify it.
Guild President Marjorie Cohn testified on May 6 before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the House Judiciary Committee, that some lawyers in the Department of Justice were "part of a common plan to violate U.S. and international laws outlawing torture."
The 14-page White Paper details the ways in which the lawyers, including Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington, and William Haynes, counseled the White House on how to get away with war crimes.
It was recently revealed that Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, George Tenet, and John Ashcroft met in the White House and personally oversaw and approved the torture by authorizing specific torture techniques including waterboarding. President Bush admitted he knew and approved of their actions.
"They are all liable under the War Crimes Act and the Torture Statute," Professor Cohn testified. "Under the doctrine of command responsibility, commanders, all the way up the chain of command to the commander-in-chief, are liable for war crimes if they knew or should have known their subordinates would commit them, and they did nothing to stop or prevent it. The Bush officials ordered the torture after seeking legal cover from their lawyers."
The National Lawyers Guild calls on Congress to appoint a Special Prosecutor, independent of the Department of Justice, to investigate and prosecute the high officials of the Bush administration and the lawyers who advised them, for their roles in misusing the rule of law and legal analysis to justify torture and other crimes.
The White Paper can be read at www.nlg.org/news/statements/White Paper - Yoo hearing.doc
Originally posted by Karlhungis
I am soooo sick of hearing about people "CALLING for investigations or CALLING for impeachment proceedings". I am really starting to believe that this is merely a carrot being dangled in-front of the public to keep us thinking that something will be done. When the reality is that nothing will be done. It seems to me that the majority of people that have read Yoo's memo agree that it is essentially showing guilt of war crimes. Yet, people are only CALLING for an investigation. Freaking START an investigation and not by some biased party like the sham that was the 9/11 commission.
BTW, I admire your ability to get more flags than responses on a regular basis