Mirroring the former Soviet Union’s Communist Party of the 1950s, today’s one party government in the USA (totally in the hands of the Democrat Party) are on a power grab.
Get ready for show trials! Democrat Patrick “Leaky” Leahy, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, urged a commission as a way to heal what he called sharp political divides under former President George W. Bush and to prevent future abuses.
How about the abuses of Congressional Democrat Party hacks like Leahy?
And what’s with that permenant forced smile, it’s like the Dali Lama’s?
Leahy is an example of the “change” Obama promised? That hack has been around for 40 years.
He compared it to other truth commissions, such as one in South Africa that investigated the apartheid era of tribes hacking each other to death.
Is this a free country? Next, the Fairness Doctrine will be pushed through.
“We need to come to a shared understanding of the failures of the recent past,” Leahy said in a speech at Georgetown University.
Be afraid, but what can we do about it? Next “the Fairness Doctrine.”
Bill Clinton said that there needs to be either “more balance in the programs or have some opportunity for people to offer countervailing opinions.” Clinton added that he didn’t support repealing the Fairness Doctrine, an act done under Reagan’s FCC.
In the past week, a couple Democratic Senators, Debbie Stabenow and Tom Harkin, have both spoken favorably about the Fairness Doctrine, or holding hearings on radio “accountability.” What you don’t know is that Stabenow’s hubby is a big investor in Air America.
Be afraid of the truth?
I’m not sure Leahy’s idea is workable but it appears he is trying to find a sane middle ground. With many calling for prosecution of senior Bush administration officials for criminal acts, including war crimes, that may have been committed during their watch, Leahy is trying to reach the truth of what actually happened without the accompanying criminal culpability that would be attached to an actual prosecution.
The chief investigator for the UN Commission on War Crimes has already said he has compiled sufficient information for the prosecution of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. In an interesting irony, he happens to be a German. The investigation into others is continuing.
Leahy’s proposal appears modeled after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission instituted by Nelson Mandela. It helped avoid the national nightmare of massive criminal prosecutions for those involved in the horrors of apartheid while airing the truth of what happened for the historical record. The truth, according to Mandela, would set South Africa free and it has worked remarkably well.
The real problem with Leahy’s idea is that it does nothing to shield Bush administration officials from prosecution for war crimes, most especially violations of the Geneva Conventions. Violations of the Geneva Conventions are required to be prosecuted by any signatory to the treaty. That means the UN or any nation that has adopted the treaty has not only the right to prosecute violators, but an affirmative obligation to do so.
A good example was Slobodan Milosevic, who traveled to England and was promptly arrrested for war crimes during the Bosnian conflict even though England was only a small part of the NATO-led Bosnian coalition. England was obligated to render Milosevic for trial in the Hague and it did so, to Milosevic’s eternal regret.
This is the reason that some Bush administration officials have been advised to carefully consider their foreign travel plans. I see today that W’s first trip overseas is going to be to Canada. Let’s see how that works out.
Get him. Get Bush! We won! We run the whole show now! The NewUnited Socialist State of America. I’d love to see Bush jailed. Take it all down man!