The case for prosecuting Bush

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by David R. Henderson

04/28/09

I think we can have a reasonable discussion about whether CIA officials who were ‘just following orders’ should be held accountable for law-breaking. But what do we say of the people who gave the orders? Even they might be able to make a case that what they were doing was not illegal, but then let’s have them make that case — in front of a federal judge. I don’t automatically assume that some Bush administration officials were breaking the law by giving the go-ahead to torture. I think they were breaking the law, but I’m not sure. But when there’s a fair amount of evidence to suggest that someone might have broken the law, the usual next step (I’m not a lawyer, so forgive me if I’ve missed a step) is to put the case before a grand jury to decide whether or not to go forward and prosecute. Even if the grand jury, true to form, has very low standards for deciding whether to prosecute, why should politicians be exempt from living in the same legal world that the rest of us inhabit?

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