All is forgiven 'cause he got away with a blowjob.

Reply Thu 26 Aug, 2010 03:27 pm
There has been some talk of the relative nature of presidential Republican versus Democrat crimes while in office. To me, it's pretty silly pointing fingers, they all make the USA look bad.

But what I've noticed is the degree of, how can it be described, ... it's a child like unwillingness to face truth; the usual manifestation is to point fingers. But sometimes, it's simply a "shut down the brain" routine. That it affects so many adults is truly shocking and at the same time, highly troublesome.

Here's a review of Bush2 crimes. The first part, an overall introduction and the second part, a Venn diagram, 'cause it's all so complicated; there were so many fingers in so many illegal pies.

The authors actually have tried to do it all in a text. I'll give that a read after a rest.

Go to the actual source to do the reading because there are a lot of hot links embedded in the text.


Crimes and Misdemeanors
Slate's interactive guide: Who in the Bush administration broke the law, and who could be prosecuted?
By Emily Bazelon, Kara Hadge, Dahlia Lithwick, and Chris Wilson
Posted Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 6:55 AM ET

The recent release of Jane Mayer's book The Dark Side revealed that a secret report by the International Committee of the Red Cross determined "categorically" that the CIA used torture, as defined by American and international law, in questioning al-Qaida suspect Abu Zubaydah. The question of criminal liability for Bush-administration officials has since been in the news. It's also getting play because retired Gen. Antonio Taguba, lead Army investigator of the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib, wrote in a recent report, "There is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes." (Update: And today, the ACLU released three new memos from the Department of Justice and the CIA, which for the first time show DoJ explicitly authorizing "enhanced" interrogation tactics for use on specific detainees. One of the memos states, in this context, that "interrogation techniques, including the waterboard, do not violate the Torture Statute.")


PART 2 - The Venn diagram

Crimes and Misdemeanors
By Emily Bazelon, Kara Hadge, Dahlia Lithwick, and Chris Wilson
Posted Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 6:55 AM ET

Each scandal is represented by a colored circle that encompasses the people who are implicated. As it's easy to see, many of the players here are mixed up in two, three, or more of the alleged crimes. Hence all the overlapping circles (Venn-diagram heaven!).

The best way to make sense of this legal tangle is to mouse over the title of an individual scandal, which will highlight everyone implicated. For example, the wiretapping bubble ensnares George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, David Addington, John Ashcroft, John Yoo, and Alberto Gonzales. At the same time, Ashcroft and Gonzales fall into the overlapping circle for monkey business related to DoJ hiring. Mouse over a person's name for information on how each person is involved. Mouse over the title of each circle for specifics about the particular scandal.

And if all else fails, fall back on this golden rule of wrongdoing in the White House: All roads lead to Gonzales.

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