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Justice Drops Defense Of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz

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posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 10:29 PM
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Justice Drops Defense Of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz


www.politico.com


The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has quietly dropped its legal representation of more than a dozen Bush-era Pentagon and administration officials - including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and aide Paul Wolfowitz - in a lawsuit by Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla, who spent years behind bars without charges in conditions his lawyers compare to torture.
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 10:29 PM
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Heh-heh...Looks like the sands may be shifting folks, ever so slowly...

Perhaps Mr. "Defender of the Constitution" and the other criminals behind the Liar-Liar invasion of Iraq and torture-fests aren't so untouchable after all?

There are a few interesting tid-bits in this article, including reference to John Yoo, the ARCHITECT behind the Bush admin's "legal" counsel and approval of torture, having HIS case be approved to move forward and tried!

May go nowhere ultimately, but interesting to see the DOJ step out of continuing to defend these folks!

www.politico.com
(visit the link for the full news article)
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posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 10:37 PM
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They're not totally dumping them which is a shame.


Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the government has agreed to retain private lawyers for the officials, at a cost of up to $200 per hour. Miller said “conflicts concerns” prompted the decision. He did not elaborate.


Mind you $200 an hour doesn't buy a real good lawyer...



posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 10:39 PM
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I won't get my hopes too high, but, it is like a breath of fresh air, to even fathom the idea that maybe, just maybe there may indeed be justice for even one of these criminals.......And, perhaps that could lead to a change in the status quo................???

awesome find!!

S&F



posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 10:39 PM
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You did notice, in the article, that the government will still be paying up to $200/ hr. for their new, private lawyers.



Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the government has agreed to retain private lawyers for the officials, at a cost of up to $200 per hour.


This seems to be a way for the government, or Obama, to remove itself from an embarrassing situation.




Obama administration apparently concluded
“its duty to represent the defendants zealously, which includes the duty to argue any and all defenses, can’t be discharged for reasons of policy and other government interests.”


Imagine, in the heated 2012 elections, Obama's DOJ still representing these guys.


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posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 10:45 PM
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I'm gonna have a positive attitude and say, "Not long now, these muddafookas iz abooz to geet eet stookin to em"


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posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 10:48 PM
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Every single person; from the authors and signatories of the PNAC, through the Bush/ Cheney administration, the Congresses, and the Obama administration who voted for and maintained the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and supported rendition, torture, GITMO- all of it, belong behind bars with their assets seized for restitution. In fact, GITMO would be perfect for them.



posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 11:29 PM
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Oooh, that's quite the image. Does that include Iraqis as Gitmo guards? Seriously though, as nasty as the fantasy may be to some, does anyone really believe he will win if the trial is in the US? Too bad the US isn't a signatory of the ICC.



posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 11:31 PM
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On a side note; Donald Rumsfeld will be Jon Stewart's guest on Wednesdays Daily Show. I'm very interested to see how hard Jon grills him on all the mis-doings from Rumsfeld's rein of terror.

I'm going to guess that this interview will go long and the entire thing will end up on the web.



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 12:13 AM
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Oh great!

The story you are about to read is fiction, any similarity to current revolving-door policy is purely coincidental.

The services of a law-firm which didn't exist last week will be retained. Four or five lawyers currently working for DOJ will decide to go into private practice, at least one of which set the $200/hour rate. The law-firm which up 'til now had no lawyers will now have five lawyers.

When the quadruple charges are presented to DOJ, they will be paid no questions asked.



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 02:15 AM
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Haha, gotta give ol' Rummy credit---He tries to come up with a good answer here.

Only prob is he keeps referring to it as 2.3 BILLION, rather than TRILLION. Slip of tongue?



Rumsfeld says $2.3 Trillion never lost, just untracked


Anthony Antonello asks Donald Rumsfeld if he ever found that missing $2.3 Trillion

We Are Change NEPA activists Anthony Antonello and Danny Panzella wait at CPAC to ask Donald Rumsfeld if he ever found that $2.3 Trillion that he said was unaccounted for at a press conference the day before 9/11. To his credit, Rumsfeld responds, though with a dubious answer. The former Secretary of Defense explains that the $2.3 Trillion was never truly lost, but rather untracked in a complex accountability system.


www.infowars.com...




posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 03:31 AM
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everyone that participated needs to be villified and imprisoned, especially bush and cheney. they need to make restitution to the people they victimized and to the survivors of those whose death they caused.


this is just a first step in reclaiming our heritage as freedom loving people..........



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 03:50 AM
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About the government giving representation to those two war criminals... another proof the US government is full of traitors and war criminals. If anyone in government decency, they would pass a law withdrawing this privilege. Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz are worth hundreds of millions and have supporters who are in the billions $, you think they care about 200$/hour lawyers? Not to mention, which judge would have enough guts to put those two behind bars? Won't happen. The judges would be found ``suicided`` the day after.

John Stewart should, during his interview, arrange with his staff, to SEIZE Rumsfeld AND CITIZEN ARREST HIM.

When he arrives on the stage, and give him a handshake, he twists his arm behind his back... and proceed to arrest him.

I'm sure the crowd would help.

Rumsfeld deserves the electric chair, and it would even be too kind for him. He's probably in the top ten of the worst human beings of the modern era.

Everytime there's evil somewhere, Rumsfeld is connected. From North Korea's nuclear program, to the Iraq war, to pipelines of oil.

Rumsfeld is a war criminal. John Stewart have a freaking WAR CRIMINAL on his show and doesn't do squat about it?

Hell I couldn't restrain myself for punching him in the face the SECOND I got close to that SOB.

The guy is responsible for the death of 1 million + Iraqis... how ANYONE can get close to him and not want to kick his butt is beyond me.
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posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 04:12 AM
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The fact that these men require top notch, by the hour legal represenation AFTER they've left office means somewhere, technically, they are guilty of something and we deserve to ask some questions.

ONE DAY, these men will get what they deserve!



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 07:45 AM
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How can the government use taxpayer funds for private lawyers for these people?
They're all loaded and can certainly afford their own legal representation.
This is good news altogether.
If the current administration is backing away from the neocons perhaps they know something we don't.
So many crimes, so little time.........



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 07:57 AM
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we need to see more moves like this in th uk but for the moment its nice to know that somewhere behind the scenes people are quietly moving to nail these guys to the wall.



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 08:02 AM
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Originally posted by Agit8dChop
The fact that these men require top notch, by the hour legal represenation AFTER they've left office means somewhere, technically, they are guilty of something and we deserve to ask some questions.
ONE DAY, these men will get what they deserve!

As has been mentioned $200 an hour for a lawyer really does amount to a slap in the face. The guy that did the sale of my house had a higher rate.



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 08:03 AM
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Of all the things Obama has done or gotten wrong since taking office, his failure to insist on a full, objective, fully-public investigation and possible trial of Bush Regime personnel involved in war crimes is the worst. He is protecting people for whom a sizable body of evidence exists that they commited international war crimes.

The DOJ should be prosecuting these bastards, not defending them.



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 02:57 PM
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Originally posted by Open_Minded Skeptic
Of all the things Obama has done or gotten wrong since taking office, his failure to insist on a full, objective, fully-public investigation and possible trial of Bush Regime personnel involved in war crimes is the worst. He is protecting people for whom a sizable body of evidence exists that they commited international war crimes.

The DOJ should be prosecuting these bastards, not defending them.


There is the ongoing Iraq inquiry in London. A similar inquiry by a senate committee should be carried out stateside. It shouldn't need to be the president to make a proposal, any senator could do it, so has any senator tried?



posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 02:58 PM
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I hope there's a bunch of people in the crowd that hound this son of a bitch. This guy needs to feel like he's not wanted anywhere he goes.



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