September 05, 2008
Perp Walk Called Off

You’ll recall that a few days ago Joe Biden sorta, kinda said that a Democratic administration would make Bush and his capos pay for their crimes. Well, it turns out that Biden sorta, kinda misspoke and his former statement is now inoperative. And so, as usual, crime pays:

I don’t know where that report is coming from. What is true is the United States Congress is trying to preserve records on questions that relate to whether or not the law has been violated by anyone.

Any administration — anybody should be doing that. And if it turns out after the fact that there is — there is substantial evidence that somebody violated the law, the fact they’re no longer in office — and no one’s talking about President Bush. I’ve never heard anybody mention President Bush in that context.

But, you know, there’s been an awful lot of unsavory stuff that’s gone on. And the mere fact that we — that it occurred in a previous administration doesn’t mean Justice Department, if, in fact, there’s evidence, shouldn’t pursue them. But I have no evidence of any of that. No one’s talking about pursuing President Bush criminally…

But, no, there is no — the Obama-Biden administration is not going to start off saying, “God, let’s go take a look at what” — the American people want to know what we’re going to do, not what happened.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 05, 2008 02:34 PM
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While I liked his first statement, and think a pledge to hold all equal before the law would win votes, it would be a signal for destruction of evidence and preemptive pardons.

The time to really up the pressure is between Nov and Jan. If evidence is destroyed, that's sometimes easier to prove than the original crime, IMHO.

Posted by: zeno2vonnegut on September 5, 2008 4:33 PM

Excellent point by zeno2vonnegut. We'll never pry the information from the fingers of this administration, even cold and dead. We need government processes to do this for us; that's why we deputed our Congressional representatives.

What we need now is to preserve as much evidence as possible. Pardons will keep the biggies out of jail, no doubt. But they still won't be able to travel outside the US (openly) for fear of being arrested on charges of crimes against humanity. If we demonstrate those in fair Congressional hearings.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on September 6, 2008 1:01 AM

Of course, such action may in fact be envisioned, but the campaign may feel it impolitic to advertise it. Also, it needn't be the Executive that initiates such action; all it takes is a willing Congress and a cooperative Executive branch. Hillary for Majority Leader!

Posted by: terry on September 6, 2008 2:22 AM

Terry, you are far too starry-eyed. There is no one in the Democratic Party "leadership" who would risk even investigating the wrongdoing of the Bush/Cheney cabal.

I think we will get the truth about the Iraq war, Katrina, the attorney firings and the other gross crimes of this administration approximately 50 years after we find out who really killed JFK, and about 5 years after we find out why WTC 7 collapsed.

Posted by: Charles on September 6, 2008 10:15 AM
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