Tuesday, January 19, 2010

End of Excuses Long Overdue

If President Obama does not use his power to aggressively investigate and pursue this matter to the full extent of the law, he should be impeached and removed.

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It has been a year since Barack Obama was sworn in as president, so it is no longer adequate to point vaguely in the direction of Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, Mukasey and the rest of the despicable clowns who oversaw the previous junta. Or rather: we have an established method for assessing and assigning blame (and its absence) under our system -- a legal system with long-established rules of evidence and standards of due process. It is past time to apply that process. The time for excuses is over.

It will never be time to "look forward" and past accountability when agents of the US government are, on credible evidence, guilty of extra-judicial killing. A court of law is the best available place to winnow credible evidence from overheated accusation. This should not be hashed out in blogs, newspapers, magazines, talk radio, or television.

Crimes of this kind will never be acceptable no matter who gets elected, no matter anyone's rise or fall in the opinion polls, no matter anyone's delightful speeches.

Speeches and politics be damned. Those responsible for these crimes, and those who condone and perpetuate them, need to face justice.

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