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CIRCUS RIDER, a novel history of the first American circus and a great American portrait, is now available. -------------- WWW.peterbreschard.com -------------- Peter Breschard was born during the second half of the 20th century in the westernmost section of Long Island, New York; Breukelen. Reared in a suburban hamlet whose name honors famed Quaker Abolitionist Elias Hicks, Breschard has lived and worked in Boston, New York City, New Bedford, Stockbridge, Los Angeles, and Okemos, Michigan. Eschewing a narrowly focused career path, Breschard has at various times paid dues to the United Auto Workers, the Teamsters, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Federation of Government Employees. Working as a cabbie, teacher, social worker, actor, federal agent, bookstore scout, production accountant, background artist, PC mechanic, census enumerator, stand-in, carpenter, floral deliveryperson, paperboy, caddy, Wall Street drone, portrayer of fictional characters; Breschard has never endorsed Hemingway's dictum regarding wars and writing. Peter Breschard's fictions have appeared in numerous publications.

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FEBRUARY 17, 2012 10:32AM

Jerry Nadler on Obama's Dereliction of Duty

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Nadler: Bush Memoir Proves Criminal Use of Torture, Requires Accountability for the Sake of American Principles and Safety

Nov 9, 2010

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, in response to President Bush’s admission in his memoir that he had personally authorized the use of torture while in office, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) blasted the Bush Administration’s illegal policy and renewed his longstanding call for full accountability for the criminal use of torture.  Nadler, Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, urged Attorney General Eric Holder once again to appoint a special prosecutor with a robust mandate to investigate torture committed during the Bush Administration and, if necessary, prosecute those at all levels of government who were complicit in its use.

Nadler issued the following statement:

“I am outraged by President Bush’s own admission in his newly released memoir that he personally authorized the use of waterboarding on detainees while in office.  This admission, delivered without remorse or regret, reminds us disturbingly of the persistent lack of accountability and resolution in confronting the crime of torture committed by our own government.  The only way forward is to appoint a special prosecutor with a broad mission to investigate and, if warranted, prosecute these known cases of torture.

“Waterboarding has long been considered torture – a view shared by the Obama Administration – and committing or ordering torture is a severe crime under both international and U.S. laws, for which we have convicted foreigners and Americans in the past.  The President is bound by the Constitution to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’  Failure to order a criminal investigation would be a serious dereliction of duty.  With President Bush’s admission, no further excuses or evasions are conscionable.

“Failure to provide accountability for torture will reduce American credibility among foreign nations and endanger American troops by enabling terrorists and future enemies to justify torture using Bush’s own words.  We already have extensive evidence of how American torture has enraged foreign populations and recruited fighters for Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and various Iraqi militias who have killed and maimed our troops.

“The perversion of our laws and treaty obligations in order to support an illegal campaign of torture is a stain on the honor of our nation, and it is essential that those who committed these misdeeds be made to answer for their actions.  As I have long said, it is imperative that the Department of Justice ensure that a special counsel fully investigates the commission of torture, follows the trail wherever it goes, and, if warranted, prosecutes accordingly.  There is no legal or moral reason to insulate those who authorized or ordered the torture of detainees.”

 

http://nadler.house.gov/press-release/nadler-bush-memoir-proves-criminal-use-torture-requires-accountability-sake-american

 

Dereliction of Duty from Wikipedia

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In the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), dereliction of duty is addressed within the regulations governing the failure to obey an order or regulation.[2]

§ 892. Art. 92. Failure to obey order or regulation

Any person subject to this chapter who— ... (3) is derelict in the performance of his duties;

shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.

Outside of wartime, the maximum punishment allowed is a Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 1 year (10 years for service members receiving special pay under 37 USC 310[3]).[4] 

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and International Law opens up a whole other can or worms
and International Law opens up a whole other can of worms
"The President is bound by the Constitution to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’ Failure to order a criminal investigation would be a serious dereliction of duty. With President Bush’s admission, no further excuses or evasions are conscionable."

Seriously
C, a serious dereliction of duty indeed. President's tend to back each other up but usually not in disregard of the law.
B, this is the problem when obvious crimes are not prosecuted, people start to think that war crimes and human rights violations like waterboarding is legal. Waterboarding is torture, plain and simple. Just ask President Obama. Then ask Obama why he doesn't prosecute those who have admitted ordering torture and why he isn't fulfilling his oath of office. Waterboarding is torture and must b prosecuted. Unfortunately both the Republican and Democratic parties agree that torturers should not be prosecuted. Hell of a two party system, huh?
B, this is the problem when obvious crimes are not prosecuted, people start to think that war crimes and human rights violations like waterboarding are legal. Waterboarding is torture, plain and simple. Just ask President Obama. Then ask Obama why he doesn't prosecute those who have admitted ordering torture and why he isn't fulfilling his oath of office. Waterboarding is torture and must b prosecuted. Unfortunately both the Republican and Democratic parties agree that torturers should not be prosecuted. Hell of a two party system, huh?
[r] Our government and legacy parties jumped the shark on high crimes and misdemeanors long ago. Then they think they can defy the essence of the law by twisting it and Orwellianly re-wording it for their own immunity and a lemming population offers no protest. But they are still moral, ethical and LEGAL crimes, since we still have what is left of the constitution. More and more one can see how fascism and naziism and McCarthyism, etc., etc., can take hold of a national community. Incrementally the institutionalization of evil happens. So many fronts of amorality, so many fresh hells. As for Obama, I have often said he brought his sled along to the slippery slope of fascism. His bullshit artistry and a craven media distract the citizenry from focusing on obscene wrongs being committed against it as a group and its members individually. libby
L, it appears that the Democratic Party is now turning a blind eye to torture. It's also humorous that those on OS who were so vocal in the last few days are now silent when faced with Nadler's statement. Never forget.
Torture is as torture does. When will we ever learn. It doesn't work.
E, nothing is resolved when those in authority ignore their responsibilities. Political logic is no excuse for dereliction of duty.
E, nothing is resolved when those in authority ignore their responsibilities. Political logic is no excuse for dereliction of duty.
The Obama apologists appear unable to respond to Mr. Nadler.
Bush - the first great anti-Christ of the 21st Century - is legally liable. But the real problem is the vast majority of people are OK with torture in the name of safety - thus the deafening silence. There will never be any political will to prosecute, even though it does undermine us a nation and destabilize the rule of law.

For the Bush apologists like Baltimore A-Hole: "...the United States government hanged Japanese soldiers for waterboarding US prisoners of war in World War II." "Waterboarding was designated as illegal by U.S. generals in the Vietnam war". If one believes that a crime can be made legal through the wishful thinking of issuing "legal opinions" then law has no meaning and anything can thus be made "legal". The adults in the room know that was nothing more than political cover with no legal basis.

With Bush/Cheney in jail today, we'd be a safer country and one far, far less subject to terrorist attacks.
H, I don't agree that the majority of people are OK with torture. They simply don't wish to confront it and the corporate media are more than willing to let the subject wither on the vine.
The contempt for the law shown by Bush and Cheney must be addressed.
Obama not fulfilling his duties of office is criminal.
OK, imagine the outcry if someone showed a tit during the halftime show at the Super Bowl. That's how people react when they are not OK with something. People are more than willing to confront what they see as wrong. But you have to see it as wrong first. Actions speak louder than words.
Nadler is right to call for an investigation, but it will never happen. We live in a two-tiered legal system wherein those of us in the lower tier are vigorously prosecuted for just about anything (for example, how many people are currently in prison for marijuana-related charges?) while those in the upper tier are free to torture, and to cheat, lie, steal, and commit treason with almost no consequences for their actions. Obama is spineless, yes, but Harry has it right; if the American people cared enough to demand justice, justice would be done.
H, Unless you have the corporate media using the echo chamber to promote a story, the mind of America soon drifts elsewhere.
Neither Republican or Democratic corporations wish to discuss Obama's criminal failure to prosecute, so it's left to idiots in front of laptops to keep the flame lit.
A few naked breasts would truly help this story.
The only real torture in our little world is having to look at nana's bald pilgarlic dome after knowing what a hirsute hunk he was in the 80s. Oh, that's almost as bad as slipping on a hospital floor buffed by working man Harry's G...wink
H, Unless you have the corporate media using the echo chamber to promote a story, the mind of America soon drifts elsewhere.
Neither Republican nor Democratic corporations wish to discuss Obama's criminal failure to prosecute, so it's left to idiots in front of laptops to keep the flame lit.
A few naked breasts would truly help this story.
J, "bald pilgarlic " that's doubly non-hirsute to say the least.
I also wax my bikini zone, but shhh, don't tell anyone.
PB, I'm glad you're in the spirit of things...nudge. Now you see how absurd life really is. I just got in, I'm popping an extra alcoholic malt liquor which I'm gonna mix with some Red Bull in a minute (despite my government's warnings against this foolhardiness) and I'm giggling after eating a crumb of the maryjane cookie the welfare bummette three doors down gave me. What kinda torture izzat?...raspberry splat
N, even though this upcoming election will be the greatest of shams, this might be the time to put the fear of god into Obama. Spineless Dems might grow a pair (mixed meta) when confronted with facts not easily ignored. Wasting time discussing jokes like Santorum and Romney only assist Obama with the slight-of-hand show of which he is a master.
N, even though this upcoming election will be the greatest of shams, this might be the time to put the fear of god into Obama. Spineless Dems might grow a pair (mixed meta) when confronted with facts not easily ignored. Wasting time discussing jokes like Santorum, Romney and the other third strip Republicans, only assist Obama with the slight-of-hand show of which he is a master.
J, raspberry splat? Splats are now fruit flavored?
This made me think of you. Enjoy!

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/02/17/obama-administration-moves-to-have-supreme-court-throw-out-fisa-amendments-act-challenge/
Agreed water boarding is torture and the former President is limited in where he can travel without facing charges. People forget that both Bush and Cheney wrote memoirs which verified they authorized torture. Anyone arguing that they did not would have to explain why we have "black sites" where we take people to "interrogate" them where torture isn't a problem. And why we still have those sites available to us would explain Obama's reluctance to find the moral high ground on this issue.
P, Democrats have no idea what is going on with this administration.
D, in 2008 it's doubtful that many Democratic voters cast their ballot thinking that they were electing someone who would set the precedent that torturers would not be prosecuted in the United States.
Peter, I agree with you 100%. But Bush's defense has been that he was advised by his Justice Department that he was within legal bounds. Of course, we know that he was simply setting up a cover for acts they most surely knew were illegal, but sadly he would prevail.

I think they should round up the whole lot of them...advisers and everyone else who was complicit.
F, Bush has already confessed in public. The question remains is how to deal with Obama who refuses to prosecute even though by doing so he breaks so many laws it's beyond belief.
Lest see forget, although shrub confessed, the confession matters not to the fool on the hill who says:

" . . . You really have to suck it up and start supporting Obama. He is NOT a war criminal…and quite frankly, neither is George W. Bush."

Frank Apisa
FEBRUARY 13, 2012 06:18 PM