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Thursday, April 10, 2008

So Many Asses, So Little Cover 

Via our stalwart colleagues at Cursor: No Zemblan patriot will be shocked to learn that the Bush administration is, according to ABC News, chock full o'war criminals , or to realize that the Military Commissions Act was indeed vital to our national security, if national security is defined as exempting the President and his cronies from prosecution under the plethora of existing statutes they knowingly violated. Alas, we do not think it likely that the team of miscreants who contrived to make "America" synonymous with "torture" will ever swing from a yardarm, or even, for that matter, do hard time; still, readers may take some comfort in the knowledge that, when it comes to travel abroad, Mr. Bush's post-presidential itineraries will probably, of necessity, be as mingy and restricted as his pre-presidential itineraries. Not that he will consider his enforced provincialism much of a burden; we expect to see him happily ensconced at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he will have ample opportunity to build upon the one positive achievement of his two terms in office: the clearing of brush.

For informed speculation as to which administration insider spilled his guts to ABC, see our learned colleague Marcy Wheeler of Emptywheel. For informed speculation as to the disposition of the mysteriously-destroyed CIA torture tapes, see our learned colleague Marcy Wheeler of Emptywheel. For informed speculation as to the roles of the FBI and the DOD in the implementation of torture, see . . . oh, hell, you know the drill.

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