Americans Want Torture Prosecutions
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For 8 long years, the Corporate Media adamantly refused to poll Americans on holding George Bush accountable for his innumerable crimes. But now that Bush is whoring his crimes for speaking fees, Corporate Media pollsters are suddenly curious.
A new USA Today poll finds an overwhelming majority - 62%-34% - want an investigation of torture. Among those supporting an investigation, most want a criminal investigation, rather than a Truth Commission as proposed by Sen. Pat Leahy and Rep. John Conyers.
(A similar majority of 63%-34% want an investigation of warrantless wiretapping. We're behind you, Judge Walker! An even larger majority of 71%-25% want accountability for those who politicized the Justice Department. That means you, Karl Rove.)
This poll proves those of us who support prosecution are not the fringe, but the mainstream of American politics. Incredibly, the only person on TV who speaks for us is Jonathan Turley. None of the "progressive" advocacy groups or blogs are calling for prosecution. And there isn't a single Member of Congress who is willing to speak for us.
The decision on whether or not to launch a criminal investigation is entirely in the hands of Attorney General Eric Holder. Please urge Holder to appoint a Special Prosecutor immediately.
Update 1: Here's more data from Gallup:
As is obvious from the data, the criminal investigation option has more support in every case than investigations or nothing. So what is Gallup's headline in the summary by Jeffrey M. Jones?
"No Mandate for Criminal Probes of Bush Administration"
Hello Jeffrey? There is less of a mandate for a Truth Commission or a Coverup. What an idiotic headline!
Update 2: Here's the breakdown by party. Interestingly, 20% of Republicans support prosecution and 24% support a Truth Commission. That means there's a lot more "bi-partisan" support for accountability than there was for the Recovery Act.
Update 3: dday nails it:
The standard line from the Village is that we cannot have investigations of Bush Administration officials for crimes like torture or illegal wiretapping because that would take the country through a painful cycle and tear the very fabric of the nation apart and this would be just too mortal a blow to a nation that needs to bind up its wounds. If you actually ask those people these brave Villagers are trying to protect, however, they'd say "Yeah, we're cool with it."...
Apparently the delicate sensibilities of "the people," as distilled by those in Washington, are not quite so delicate. The porcelain ones are actually the Villagers themselves, who don't want to see the facade of their own complicity smashed in a series of hearings and investigations. Anyway, these war criminals are their friends. The men and women they see at the supermarket. They're good people and they don't deserve the simply horrible abuse.