Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The amnesty administration.

IPS news reports that former Sec Def Donald Rumsfeld (aka Rummy) made a quick skedaddle out of France and into Germany just as several human rights organizations filed a criminal complaint against him in a French court accusing him of "ordering and authorizing" torture at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo.


"U.S. embassy officials whisked Rumsfeld away yesterday from a breakfast meeting in Paris organized by the Foreign Policy magazine after human rights groups filed a criminal complaint against man who spearheaded President George W. Bush's "war on terror" for six years."

Boy, the State Department has their hands full these days helping criminals (war and otherwise) escape justice. At the very same time they're shielding Rummy from the long arm of the law, the WaPo reports today that they're also giving the Blackwater USA employees involved in the Sep. 16 massacre in Baghdad a pass as well.

It turns out that during interviews about the incident by the department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security the guards were given immunity from being prosecuted for their statements about the incident. Congress, needless to say, is having a field day with this latest State Department folly.

Naturally, Sean McCormick has tried to play down the significance of the immunity agreement. "The kinds of, quote, 'immunity' that I've seen reported in the press would not preclude a successful criminal prosecution." Right, but according to a law enforcement official quoted in the WaPo, the deal has made the DOJ's investigation "a lot more complicated and difficult."

To ensure no one knows anything about anything for a long, long time, DOJ spokesperson Dean Boyd says: "The Justice Department and the FBI cannot discuss the facts of the Blackwater case, which is under active investigation. However, any suggestion that the Blackwater employees in question have been given immunity from federal criminal prosecution is inaccurate."

See how that works? It's just like how W. kept dodging questions about the Plame leak: It's under investigation so we can't say anything. [AFP]

Very neat. And where exactly is Rummy, anyway? Is he hiding out with Henry Kissinger, who has also made a rapid retreat from France a few years back.

These criminal masterminds are very good at this, especially with Department of State's assistance.


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