torturing democracy

in case you have any doubts that bush/cheney/rumsfeld are war criminals, and you haven’t seen taxi to the dark side (or i imagine, though i haven’t seen it, morris’s standard operating procedure), this documentary from bill moyers’ show will convince you

but here is why now may not be the time to initiate the prosecution.

If a special prosecutor were appointed today, what we would have tomorrow would be the very public initiation of a federal grand jury investigation. But that is all we would have. At the same time, however, we will have likely ensured that there will be no public congressional hearings for years to come. Potential targets or subjects who might previously have felt comfortable enough to speak publicly and further incriminate themselves will clam up. Because of the stringent secrecy rules that govern grand jury proceedings – and prosecutors’ justifiable concern about violating them – information that was previously public may be transformed into secret grand jury material. (It sounds crazy, but it’s true.) Victims and witnesses will be interviewed behind closed doors. And most will gladly heed the prosecution’s suggestion that, while they have no obligation to keep their testimony secret, there are very good reasons to do so. So there will be no public narrative, no official opportunity for victims to describe what was done to them by the US government.


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