The First Stirrings of Accountability

RumsfeldFinally! Looks like Rumsfeld and company are going to have to answer personally — before the courts — for officially endorsing torture and blanket mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

In the end, will anything come of this? Probably not — this regime has, to date, proven that it’s pretty damn good at hiding (or destroying) any evidence that could portray it in even the most slightly unflattering light. Granted, in a civil trial, the plaintiffs only have to prove their case by a preponderance of evidence (rather than the criminal standard of beyond a reasonable doubt), but even so, they’re going to have an uphill battle. After all, the War Department is holding any videotapes of the prisoner abuse — and given this administration’s demonstrated contempt for the rule of law (think “Enron meeting minutes”), I wouldn’t count on those tapes ever seeing the light of day.

But still, it’s one hell of a heartening sign; I must confess to being guardedly optimistic. Who knows? Maybe this will be the first step toward instituting criminal proceedings.

I can always hope.


At 6:09 PM, kim said...

The cumulative number of scandals from the last 3.5 years is amazing. As is the Bushists abililty to avoid responsibility. Part of the problem is the one party rule we've been living under since the 2002 election. I think the ability of media to drive the national amnesia is part of it, too.

The Frontline special on Rumsfeld was damning. Hopefully that will help to put this over the top.


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