Posts Tagged ‘Alberto Gonzalez’

Bill O’Reilly threatens to boycott Spain

March 31, 2009

Proving my old assertion that it is perfectly normal for Bill O’Reilly to get paid to say inappropriate things, Papa Bear told his loyal audience last night that he wouldn’t visit Spain if they continue with their investigation of Bush Administration officials.

Why is this inappropriate?  Because he chooses to attack Gonzalo Boye, a man who served time in 1996 for participating in terrorist kidnappings.  Boye was convicted of helping the ETA, a Basque-nationalist terrorist organization.  Bill-O really nailed those libs now!  But wait, since his conviction Boye has been a staunch defender of human rights.  Not only that, but O’Reilly fails to mention that the case is out of Boye’s hands.

The investigative judge Baltasar Garzon is now considering whether the case established by Boye is sufficient grounds for the arrest of Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo, and others.  Garzon has investigated several terrorist organizations including Al-Qaeda and Basque nationalist groups.  Portraying the entire team of Spanish investigators as far-left loonies is disingenuous.  Garzon has tried, investigated, and issued arrest warrants for everyone from right-wing dictator Augusto Pinochet to left wing revolutionaries like the Zapatista Army.

It’s not so much that Bill O’s hackery bothers me.  It’s that members of his audience are going to stay up at night and hate on the Spanish court that is trying to Protect the American Constitution.  John Yoo and Alberto Gonzalez are disgusting.  By defending them, you spit on the very reasons why this country was established.

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Real News of the Day: Spain investigating Bush officials for war crimes

March 28, 2009

Guantanamo Bay was essential to the Bush Administration’s War on Terror.   Its location in Cuba enabled a suspension of Habeas Corpus and due process.  Many suspected terrorists from many different countries were extradited to Guantanamo Bay.  Five of those suspects were from Spain.

The Bush Administrations worst nightmare.

The Bush Administration's worst nightmare.

Each of the Spanish citizens claims that they were tortured during their time in the prison.  All were released and stood trial in Spain and all of their cases were eventually dismissed.   So now  there are five free Spanish citizens that were tortured because of decisions made by a small list of top Bush officials.  Number one on that list?  Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.

Investigative judge Baltasar Garzon is examining the case in further detail.  Garzon gained fame in the 1970s for ordering the arrest of Chilean dictator (and American puppet) Augusto Pinochet.   Since then, Garzon has been a prominent human rights advocate, holding nations and terrorists, including Al-Qaeda, responsible for thier violations.

Also named in the report is former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo.  Yoo recently came under fire for writing memos in the wake of the September 11 attacks that would suspend the First Amendment and the Fourth Amendment in the United States.  These memos were immediately retracted by the new chief of the Justice Department Jack Goldsmith when the Obama Administration took over.

John Yoo despises the Constitution.

John Yoo despises the Constitution.

Garzon is investigating Yoo and Gonzalez for knowingly circumventing the Geneva Conventions as well as the 1984 Convention Against Torture.  Torture tactics used by the United States including waterboarding were considered to be in violation.  Yoo and Gonzalez are also accused of attempting to redefine torture to fit in with the War on Terror ideology.

Other Bush Administration officials in the investigation include William J. Haynes II, the former general counsel for the Department of Defense, Jay Bybee, a manager at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, and David S. Addington, who was the chief of staff and legal adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney are not named in the investigation…which is bullshit.  The buck stops at the President of the United States.  He is ultimately responsible and so is Cheney.

Cheney despises everything.

Dick Cheney despises everything.

I complain about the Obama Administration a lot.  I think that Geithner was a mistake and that we should not be bailing out AIG just because it cuts into the profits at Goldman Sachs.  That being said, the Justice Department of the Obama Administration is 210 million times better than the Justice Department during the Bush Administration.   After 8 long years, we can say unequivocally that the United States does not torture people.

The Bush Administration worked for 8 years to undermine our Constitution, to chip away at the Fourth Amendment, and to completely decimate the moral standing we once held in the international community.   Now we have a new President who seems to legitimately care about exceeding in the realm of foreign policy.   So today, sit back and drink some lemonade.  The blood on our hands is washing away.

Further Reading: New York Times