Friday, November 10, 2006

Dumsfeld, Others May Face Charges Over Abu Ghraib

Is there a noose in Dumsfeld's future? Could be.

This just in (via BB2): a new article by Adam Zagorin of Time Magazine says:
New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of [outgoing Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Along with Rumsfeld, Gonzales and Tenet, the other defendants in the case are Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone; former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee; former deputy assisant attorney general John Yoo; General Counsel for the Department of Defense William James Haynes II; and David S. Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Senior military officers named in the filing are General Ricardo Sanchez, the former top Army official in Iraq; Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of Guantanamo; senior Iraq commander, Major General Walter Wojdakowski; and Col. Thomas Pappas, the one-time head of military intelligence at Abu Ghraib.
According to Zagorin's account,
one of the witnesses who will testify [on behalf of the plaintiffs] is former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the one-time commander of all U.S. military prisons in Iraq.

Karpinski [...] has issued a written statement to accompany the legal filing, which says, in part: "It was clear the knowledge and responsibility [for what happened at Abu Ghraib] goes all the way to the top of the chain of command to the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld."
This could get interesting very fast.

As Zagorin notes,
the Bush Administration has rejected adherence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on grounds that it could be used to unjustly prosecute U.S. officials.
The fact that the ICC could be used to justly prosecute U.S. officials doesn't make any difference, does it? Oops! I wasn't supposed to mention that, was I?

Oh well ... They've had their fun; now it's time for them to hang.

Pray for justice. Then watch as the neocons eat their own.

I can guarantee it won't be pretty. But it might be fun anyway.