The Bush Administration: Crimes Without Punishment

Hopefully, by now, there are few thinking people in the United States that don’t agree that George Bush, his cronies, and his controllers, should be asked to answer for their numerous crimes.  There are so many violations, in fact, that it’s hard to keep them all straight.  Slate reports in Crimes and Misdemeanors: Who in the Bush administration broke the law, and who could be prosecuted?  From the introduction to the article:

What kind of lawbreaking has happened on President Bush’s watch, among his top and mid-level advisers? What hasn’t? Who is implicated and who is not? Despite the lack of oral sex with an intern, the past seven years have yielded an embarrassment of riches when it comes to potentially prosecutable crimes. We have tried to sketch out a map of who did what and when, with links to the evidence that is public and notes about what we may learn from investigations that are still pending.

We looked specifically at the White House, the office of the vice presidency, the Department of Defense, the Justice Department, and the State Department. We started with a question about whether anyone could be prosecuted for war crimes relating to the torture identified by the International Committee of the Red Cross. We soon spiraled out to trace related loops: warrantless wiretapping and the destruction of CIA tapes of the interrogations of two high-level suspects. And then we added in scandals that involve many of the same players and that have spawned investigations: the firing of the U.S. attorneys in 2006 in the Justice Department as well as politicized hirings there. In the main, the laws and treaties we concentrated on were the Geneva Conventions, the War Crimes Act, the Convention Against Torture, obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence, perjury, lying to Congress, the Civil Service Reform Act, and the Hatch Act.

You can access the Interactive Crimes and Misdemeanors Page to view the details.  It’s a bit overwhelming, but it’s a good testimony to the numbers and types of crimes committed during the last eight years.

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