November 20, 2007

Why we can't impeach...

I was told recently by an attorney I trust that impeachment and removal from office absolves a President for crimes committed. I can't think of a better reason to wait until January 22, 2009 to bring Bush and his minions to justice.

Posted by mcblogger at November 20, 2007 06:33 PM

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WOW! Look at this paragraph! I agree. DO NOT IMPEACH!

The War Crimes Act of 1996 makes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees a violation of the Geneva Conventions and a federal crime. In addition, a 1994 law, 18 USC Section 2340 (a), makes it a federal crime to engage in torture outside the US, it also applies to those who conspire with (or aid and abet or order) torture outside the US. Both statutes apply to any US national, including the President, the Vice President and other top officials, as well as subordinates, such as CIA officers or other US personnel. If the President ordered, directed or authorized waterboarding or other forms of torture or mistreatment, he may have violated these laws. They carry the death penalty in cases where victim dies. In such cases there is no statute of limitations, so the President could be subject to prosecution for the rest of his life.

Posted by: johncoby [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 21, 2007 07:31 AM

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