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In June of 2009 I blogged this....
There's no question now that Obama is pro-actively working to protect the Bush/Cheney criminal syndicate from any and all accountability. If Obama's administration continues down this path, and there's no reason to think otherwise, then Obama, himself, will be complicit in the obstruction of justice coverup of the Bush/Cheney crimewave.
Now, with the latest information dump by WikiLeaks, we learn more evidence of President Obama's conspiracy to coverup for the international crimes of his predecessors.
March, 2009: Spanish human rights group, the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners requests Spain's National Court to indict 6 ex-Bushies for "creating a legal framework that allegedly permitted torture." The six Bushies were Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, Dick Cheney, William Haynes, Doug Feith, Jay Bybee and John Yoo.
The human rights group contended that Spain had a duty to open an investigation under the nation's "universal jurisdiction" law, which permits its legal system to prosecute overseas human rights crimes involving Spanish citizens and residents. Five Guantanamo detainees, the group maintained, fit that criteria.
By April 1st, 2009 the U.S. State Department was involved. The chief prosecutor in the Spanish complaint was Javier Zaragoza. According to David Corn's deciphering of the WikiLeak State Dept. cables, the acting deputy chief of the U.S. embassy in Spain, after speaking to Zaragoza, said in one of those cables..."that this was a very serious matter for the USG."
The Spanish representatives in that meeting with U.S. embassy officials..."expressed their concern at the case but stressed the independence of the Spanish judiciary."
Two weeks later Republican Judd Gregg "raised the issue" with Spanish representatives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On April 15, 2009 Republican Mel Martinez met with acting Spanish foreign minister Angel Lossada. A WikiLeaks cable reveals what Martinez said in that meeting....."underscored that the prosecutions would not be understood or accepted in the U.S. and would have an enormous impact on the bilateral relationship" of the the two countries.
The very next day, April 16, 2009....
2009, Attorney General Conde-Pumpido publicly declared that he would not support the criminal complaint, calling it "fraudulent" and political. If the Bush officials had acted criminally, he said, then a case should be filed in the United States.
April 17, 2009 from WikiLeaks cable.... "Conde-Pumpido's public announcement follows outreach to [Government of Spain] officials to raise USG deep concerns on the implications of this case."
emptywheel at FireDogLake....
it’s worth noting the timing of the cable: April 17, 2009. That is, the day after the Administration released the torture memos....and said there would be no prosecutions"
From the WikiLeaks dump dated April 17, 2009.....
(Chief prosecutor) Zaragoza has also told us that if a proceeding regarding this matter were underway in the U.S., that would effectively bar proceedings in Spain. We intend to further explore this option with him informally.... while making it clear that the USG has not made a decision to follow this course of action.
Spain would effectively bar proceedings to prosecute the Torture Gang of Six if U.S. "proceedings regarding this matter were underway."
That's where Obama's sleight of hand implicates him in the Bush era crimes. Obama ordered an Office of Professional Responsibility investigation into the legality of the torture memoes which concluded that authors, Yoo and Bybee, committed no crimes. Then, AG Eric Holder ordered the same guy who cleared CIA officials of wrongdoing in the destruction of CIA torture tapes, U.S. Attorney, John Durham,...to...
....recommend to me whether there is sufficient predication for a full investigation into whether the law was violated in connection with the interrogation of certain detainees.
How's that review going after over a year?
That review is ongoing and no decision has been made about launching a full-scale criminal inquiry.
Summary: President Obama wasn't going to "look backward" even if huge conspiracies of international criminality by Bush era goons were obvious to the world and most Americans. To assist his criminal predecessors in the White House, when Spain moved to do what America would not, Obama's administration intervened with actions of international political Kabuki theater.
Obama ordered a review of the "torture memo" authors which cleared Bybee, Yoo and others of any wrongdoing in "legalizing" torture. Obama, then, conspired to stop Spain's investigation into Bush-era war crimes by convincing Spanish authorities that the U.S. would investigate the charges themselves. AG Holder, at Obama's request, appointed the same U.S Attorney who cleared Jose Rodriquez of destroying CIA torture tapes....without ever questioning Rodriquez....to investigate whether anyone ever tortured anybody.
Not a peep has been forthcoming from that investigation, nor will there be.
President Obama, for whatever freaking reason, has purposely made himself an accomplice in the coverup of Bush administration war crimes.
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