Bush Pardons

Is Andrew Sullivan King of America?

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By David Swanson

Of course, I'm going to argue no, that Andrew Sullivan is no more the king of America than is Barack Obama or George Tenet or Eric Holder or any of hundreds of other people claiming to be. But nobody other than the king or queen of the USA could overrule the Constitution and place particular people and categories of people above the law while keeping everybody else under it. Let's take a look at Sullivan's recent Atlantic article:

Americans want, and need, to move on from the debate over torture in Iraq and Afghanistan and close this tragic chapter in our nation’s history. Prosecuting those responsible could tear apart a country at war. Instead, the best way to confront the crimes of the past is for the man who authorized them to take full responsibility. An open letter to President George W. Bush.

By Andrew Sullivan

Dear President Bush,

Rep. Baldwin Calls for Executive Branch Accountability to Reverse Illegal Actions and Prevent Further Abuses

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Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has introduced the Executive Branch Accountability Act of 2009 (H.Res. 417), calling on President Obama to reverse the damaging and illegal actions taken by the Bush/Cheney Administration and to collaborate with Congress to proactively prevent any further abuses of executive branch power.

“Over the past several years, serious questions have been raised about the conduct of high ranking Bush/Cheney Administration officials in relation to some of the most basic elements of our democracy: respect for the rule of law, the principle of checks and balances, and the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights,” said Baldwin. “We must restore Americans’ faith that in a democracy, we follow the rule of law and that nobody – even the President and Vice President of the United States – is above the law,” Baldwin said.

Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union by David Swanson

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Cheney Is Furious At Bush Over Scooter Libby Non-Pardon

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For 8 long years, everyone who opposed George Bush's disastrous policies was accused of being angry and bitter. But now, according to Thomas DeFrank, even Dick Cheney is angry and bitter at George Bush!

In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge...

After repeatedly telling Cheney his mind was made up, Bush became so exasperated with Cheney's persistence he told aides he didn't want to discuss the matter any further.

So Why Didn't Bush Pardon Everyone?

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The loyal Bushies are shocked, especially over the non-pardon of Scooter Libby. Atrios says Bush protected himself better by not issuing pardons:

Pardoning the people below him would remove any 5th amendment reasons to not testify

Marcy Wheeler says looking out for #1 is who Bush is:

Is This Really Bush's Last Pardon?

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Lou Dobbs is jumping for joy - his homeboys Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean got their sentences commuted by Bush. According to the NY Times,

With a day left in his presidency, Mr. Bush exercised his constitutional power to grant clemency — for the last time, according to senior administration officials

Is this really Bush's last pardon?

FBI Building's Surprising Inaugural Message

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3,000 in Front of FBI Building for Inaugural Parade to Demand Bush's Arrest

For January 20th, 2009, http://arrestbush2009.com has secured a permit for the front of the FBI building for a Yes We Can Arrest Bush event during the Inaugural Parade.

We intend to fill the permitted area with attendees with ARREST BUSH signs who will demand the arrest of outgoing President Bush for crimes against humanity and numerous constitutional violations.

An ARREST BUSH sign that can be downloaded from our website, and is a free inaugural parade ticket that is required to enter our permitted area.

We call for the arrest of George W. Bush for instigating war against a sovereign nation that posed no threat, wanton attacks on civilian populations, use of torture, and violations of the U.N. Charter.

Why Bush Should Not Pardon Himself

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Here is an excellent multi-partisan letter explaining to Bush why he should not pardon himself. One particularly interesting part of the letter is its anticipation of the reasons Bush will cite for his pardons: the need to fight the so-called "War on Terror." We've heard that justification from Bush and Cheney for the past month, so that's an excellent guess. Of course the letter rejects that justification.

January 12, 2009

President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.

RE:  Pardon Power

Dear Mr. President:

Will Bush Announce His Pardons On TV or in Secret?

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The Worst President Ever will give a televised farewell speech on Thursday.

"It's not something where he's trying to refight old battles. It's a very thoughtful, forward-looking speech in which the president will share the lessons he learned in office and his views on the future," Perino said.

The only real question is whether Bush will announce his blanket pre-emptive pardons on TV before a national audience, or whether he will do it secretly 1 minute before President Obama takes his oath.

If he does it on TV, he'll be able to give it a positive spin - even though it will be his Final Fuck You to the Americana people and the Constitution. The downside is that Olbermann and Maddow will rip him to shreds right up to the inaugural.

Against Truth, Reconciliation, and Commissions

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By David Swanson

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has introduced a bill, H.R. 104, that would create a commission to spend a year and a half looking at the various crimes of Bush and Cheney. While this might allow congressional Democrats to run election campaigns against Bush and Cheney yet again, even though those two will have been out of office for two years, it's not clear that it would do much else that would be positive.

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