On ABC News last weekend, former Vice President Dick Cheney confessed to playing a key role in the commission of war crimes during the Bush administration.
"I was a big supporter of waterboarding," boasted Cheney.
Waterboarding is torture and a war crime. The UN Convention on Torture, the Geneva Conventions, the Red Cross, and constitutional governments around the globe agree on this point of law. More to the point, Attorney General Eric Holder has stated publicly that waterboarding is torture. Cheney's confession legally obligates Holder to prosecute him.
Cheney apologists will no doubt turn a blind eye to this. But this is the law, plain and simple. The case has been laid out in detail by Andrew Sullivan1, Glenn Greenwald2, and Scott Horton3.
By publicly confessing his role in illegal U.S torture programs, Cheney has created an extraordinary opportunity to hold the Bush administration accountable for its crimes. One that must not — and indeed legally cannot — be ignored.
Thank you for holding Dick Cheney accountable for his actions.
Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
1 Cheney: "I Was A Big Supporter Of Waterboarding", Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic, February 16, 2010.
2 Dick Cheney's taunting, Glenn Greenwald, Salon, February 16, 2010.
3 Does Dick Cheney Want to Be Prosecuted?, Scott Horton, Harper's, February 15, 2010.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 2/18/2010 09:59:00 AM