Skip to comments.ACLU Wants to Prosecute President Bush for "Torture"
Posted on 11/19/2010 5:49:35 AM PST by Kaslin
The campaign to criminalize Americas response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks continues apace.
The ACLU is calling on the Justice Department to investigate George W. Bush over his just-released memoir Decision Points, in which the former president says he ordered al-Qaeda suspects waterboarded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
The Nov. 11, 2010 letter, signed by ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, states that waterboarding is torture and notes that Bush says it was used on terror suspects Abu Zubaydah and self-confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Elsewhere, the ACLU is urging Americans to lobby the Justice Department to investigate top Bush Administration officials. On its accountability for torture website, the ACLU says:
Last year, the Justice Department initiated a criminal investigation into the Bush administrations torture program, but it focuses only on rogue interrogators who disobeyed orders. That investigation is far too narrow. the criminal investigation must be expanded to reach not only the interrogators but the senior officials who authorized torture .
In bold type, the site calls on Americans to:
Ask the Attorney General to expand the scope of the Justice Department's criminal investigation of the torture program to include not just the interrogators who used torture, but the senior Bush administration officials who authorized and facilitated it.
In 2009, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing in which they grilled former Justice Department attorney John Yoo over four memos he wrote about the legal limits of interrogation techniques.
In a June 17, 2009 Washington Times column, American Civil Rights Union General Counsel Peter Ferrara defended the memos:
At the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), a conservative alternative to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), we have reviewed the four challenged legal memos. They add up to 124 single-spaced pages of careful legal reasoning reviewing all applicable statutes, treaties, cases and word definitions and applying that law to a thorough discussion of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques used under President Bush.
We found that those memos involve a thorough, well-reasoned, praiseworthy legal effort and analysis. We agree that their conclusions as to the legality of waterboarding and the other CIA enhanced interrogation techniques are correct under applicable law, and we are prepared to debate that point in any forum. A complete report containing our analysis is on our website, The Interrogation Memos.
The most controversial of these techniques, waterboarding, was used on just three of the highest-level detainees, all accused senior terrorist leaders involved in major attacks on Americans and U.S. targets and had information regarding planned future attacks. It resulted in information that stopped at least two planned terrorist attacks on American soil that would have killed thousands of Americans.
In a recent interview with NBCs Today Show host Matt Lauer excerpted on al-JazeeraEnglish, Mr. Bush defended his actions:
One of the high value al-Qaeda operatives was Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. And they said, hes got information. And I said, Find out what he knows. And so I said to our team, Are the techniques legal? and a legal team says, yes they are. And I said, Use em.
Following a statement by an unnamed British legal expert who defines waterboarding as torture, al-JazeeraEnglish correspondent Laurence Lee says: Bush, though, seems unrepentant as ever.
Bush: I will tell you this. Using those techniques saved lives. My job was to protect America. And I did.
Given the absence of any major terror incident in the United States in the seven years of the Bush Administration following 9/11, it would be hard even for the ACLU to argue with that.
Right after we get to the case where the ACLU is prosecuted for treason.
...time to defund the ACLU also.........
I want to tort the ACLU.............
If the TSA next pulls our panties over our heads, can we get Manpolitano prosecuted for torture?
That he kept this great country save after 9/11 means obviously nothing to the American Communist Liars Union
Perhaps Holder would give him a civilian trial.
They need to be the subject of investigation and perhaps even some “lawfare”.
Perhaps someone needs to step up a campaign against them in the media, exposing their communist origins and their record of only attacking traditional values and always siding against America.
ACLU = Antiamerican Communist Libertine Union.
“...time to defund the ACLU also.........”
It’s long PAST time to do so!!!
Where was the ACLU when Holder dismissed the Philly black panther case when voters were intimidated???
Where is the ACLU in defending a hiding Molly Morris who sponsored the draw Mohamed day in Seattle???
Where is the ACLU when ObamaCare demands we all buy health insurance whether we want to or not???
“ACLU Wants to Prosecute President Bush for ‘Torture’”
Who listens when scu&bags speak?
states that waterboarding is torture
I’d like to see the ACLU try this...the backlash would be a tidal wave.
Don’t expect the LSM to do this
And when have they ever defended the right to bear arms?
I stand with George W. Bush, the last great president of the USA,
As we do not currently have a president.
Has the ACLU said anything about the airport screenings and gropings controversy?
and the best of this century
There are numerous cases in which an omission to act or a failure to perform a duty constitutes criminally negligent manslaughter. The existence of a duty is essential. Since the law does not recognize that an ordinary person has a duty to aid or rescue another in distress, an ensuing death from failure to act would not be manslaughter. On the other hand, an omission in which one has a duty, such as the failure of a lifeguard to attempt to save a drowning person, might constitute the offense.
Or for failing in his DUTY to secure the border and/or enforce immigration laws, resulting in numerous crimes during his term as President. Include Chertoff, Obama, and Napolitano.
“ACLU Wants to Prosecute President Bush for “Torture””
Prosecute the ACLU for “torturing” us with their BS.
Perhaps ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero would re-think his actions if he were to see the films of Americans being decapitated by these muslim animals.
An American Citizen to the ACLU PISS OFF ASSWIPES.
Go get buggered by a communist or a muslim..
Can we put a bounty on them?
Pray for America
Oooooh, a letter from the ACLU and I have a fish that needs wrapping!
Gee, you'd think an organization like the ACLU would be more focusing on prosecuting 'Janet Incompitano' and her private army of closet perverts/molesters (TSA) who are currently getting their jollies feeling up little children and geriatric nuns. But nooooo, we got to GET BUSH, GET BUSH, GET BUSH, because he authorized waterboarding on three TERRORISTS, which subsequently actually prevented attacks that could have cost thousands of American lives.
Who did Bush torture?
I wanna know too
I really hope they try to do it.
Try it, ACLU, and we’ll come down on you like a granite sledgehammer.
I totally agree.
Go see a shrink that can help you with your BDS. You sure need help
Yeah and some idiot overseas called for his arrest.
As someone once said: Bring it on!
Perhaps it would be better to get these ACLU types in the dockate and find out why they prefer defending terrorists against our country.
Here’s a novel idea, how about they prosecute Bozo for the torture he’s put us through, the last 2 years!
Go laud W’s border security and immigration enforcement policies to the numerous victims of illegal alien crime.
The ACLU believes all bears should have arms.
Finally! The ACLU wants to prosecute somebody for the events resulting from 9/11!![sarcasmoff]
This is so stupid and ridiculous. We are at war with al-Qaeda. When Obama orders a strike on al-Qaeda with an anti-tank missile fired from a drone, what does the ACLU think that missile does to the people it hits? It tears them apart and burns them up. It’s severe torture...it’s war. Water-boarding is child’s play compared to what a drone missile strike does to the people it hits. When are the ACLU and the other liberal groups going to understand that we’re in a nasty little war with al-Qaeda and this is a case of either kill or be killed? The ACLU is so silly and so obviously partisan and biased against the Bush Administration. Why does anyone donate money to that stupid group?
“It may all boil down to whether Obama thinks it helps him more with his base...”
Absolutely terrifying that he has such a base.
It seems that the bounds of pschosis have become the halls of the U.S. Government.
Oh oh...You’re going to get it now! You’ve just ruined the illusion that Bush is guilty of not doing anything about the border! ;*)
Now the Bush-bashers are going to have to resort to the other gripes they have about him, that they usually unload on us! eeekkkk...