Let me begin this with a Hat-Tip to Joanne Dixon. Even though I’m not using the article she sent me, she’s been hoping I’d cover this story, involving her Senator, for a while now. For me, it goes much further back. I was calling for the criminal prosecution of Republican war criminals, during Texas Torquemada’s first term, long before Obama took office. Anyone who has followed me long term knows that this has been an ongoing issue for me. One of my pet peeves about the Obama administration has been their failure to pursue this. Therefore, I feel quite angry that they are now acting to protect Republican war criminals. I support the Udall plan.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough met with Senate Democrats Thursday to provide a briefing on President Obama’s immigration plans. But once the immigration talk was over, the meeting reportedly devolved into chaos as an angry lawmaker confronted McDonough over the White House’s foot-dragging and obstruction over releasing the committee’s report on CIA torture.
"It was a vigorous, vigorous and open debate — one of the best and most thorough discussions I’ve been a part of while here," said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who served as intelligence committee chair before Feinstein, was furious after the meeting, and accused the administration of deliberately stalling the report.
“It’s being slow-walked to death. They’re doing everything they can not to release it," Rockefeller told HuffPost.
"It makes a lot of people who did really bad things look really bad, which is the only way not to repeat those mistakes in the future," he continued. "The public has to know about it. They don’t want the public to know about it."
As negotiations continue, Rockefeller said Democrats were thinking creatively about how to resolve the dispute. "We have ideas," he said, adding that reading the report’s executive summary into the record on the Senate floor would probably meet with only limited success. "The question would be how much you could read before they grabbed you and hauled you off."
A question following that is who exactly is going to grab a lawmaker and haul him or her off? A senator on the floor of the chamber is protected by the Constitution. For a sitting senator, the consequences could be severe—loss of committee assignments, of security clearance to have access to classified materials, or even expulsion from Congress. But for an outgoing senator, like Mark Udall, there would be no ramifications… [emphasis added]
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Go for it, Udall! We may not realize the hope expressed in the top graphic, but at the very least, I hope it may spur an international response so intense that such heinous criminals as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Gonzales, Tenet, Feith, Yoo and many more will be unable to set foot outside the US without a permanent trip to The Hague, and they will not ne able to brag about it, as they now do, without prompting sufficient outrage, here in the US, to shame them into silence.