President Obama: Prosecute War Criminals !

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by admin on April 17, 2009

This letter demanding justice on the question of crime and punishment was submitted to the President on the website.

Dear President Obama:

Are we are a nation of laws or a haven for criminals?

I respectfully contend that your rationale on the issue of Crime and Punishment is unrealistic.

You said:

This is a time for reflection, not retribution. I respect the strong views and emotions that these issues evoke. We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history. But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past. Our national greatness is embedded in America’s ability to right its course in concert with our core values, and to move forward with confidence. That is why we must resist the forces that divide us, and instead come together on behalf of our common future.

The United States is a nation of laws. My Administration will always act in accordance with those laws, and with an unshakeable commitment to our ideals. That is why we have released these memos, and that is why we have taken steps to ensure that the actions described within them never take place again.

To restore faith in our Constitution, respect for the law, and to revive trust in civilized justice, “We The People” demand prosecution of all crimes committed against our citizens, our democracy, and against humanity.

This nation keeps many petty criminals in prison and holds a number of desperate innocents prisoners. This nation has permitted profiteering by privatized correctional corporations that provide slave labor for businesses and delay releasing many to fatten their bottom line.

Can the United States afford not to look back and learn from mistakes? Can any legitimately elected President trash the law and condone unspeakable crimes committed by the lowest and most ferocious among us just because they now offer the same excuse Nazi criminals at Nuremberg pleaded: “We were obeying the Führer’s orders.”

Should survivors of torture camps in Germany have forgiven Hitler to avoid “laying blame for the past.” That would make as much sense as condoning the crimes of the illicit Bush regime that destroyed the prosperity and security of our nation and laughed all the way to the banks, which U.S. citizens are now again being robbed to bail out instead of seeing them nationalized and all the thieves prosecuted.

Here is one of among hundreds of astonishing injustices. One criminal rewarded for his horrors is Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller (picture at right), Guantanamo’s prison commander in November 2002, whose approach to dehumanizing prisoners and making every shred of comfort in their lives dependent on his perceived cooperation with interrogators impressed Donald Rumsfeld (another criminal) to such an extent that, in the fall of 2003, he sent Miller to Iraq to “Gitmo-ize” the prison system there, leading directly to the implementation of the sadistic regime that was exposed when the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in April 2004.

Mr. President, if you truly intend to obey and enforce the Constitution and laws of the United States faithfully as you swore to do, then dispense embracing the Devil in hope of bipartisanship. Milk of kindness and sewage should never be mixed. Mr. President, show that serious violations of human and civil rights shall never be condoned in our civilized nation. The Geneva Convention and laws of the United States need to be enforced if the people are ever again to trust their government. Anything less turns our country into a ridiculous, immoral empire and will be the direct cause of our approaching collapse.

Aldo Vidali


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