An interesting article can be found on the Change.org website by Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com, under the title, "Appoint a Special Prosecutor for the Crimes of the Bush Administration."
President-elect Obama recently said, "if I found out that there were high officials who knowingly, consciously broke existing laws, engaged in coverups of those crimes with knowledge forefront, then I think a basic principle of our Constitution is nobody above the law."
Attorney General-designate Eric Holder recently said top Bush Administration officials "authorized the use of torture, approved of secret electronic surveillance of American citizens, secretly detained American citizens without due process of law, denied the Writ of Habeus Corpus to hundreds of accused enemy combatants, and authorized the use of procedures that both violate international law and the United States Constitution."
More after the jump including how you can help urge Obama to appoint a special prosecutor.
The Bush administration has refused to investigate its own crimes and President Bush may issue blanket pardons before he leaves. President Obama must appoint a Special Prosecutor - ideally Patrick Fitzgerald - to fully investigate these crimes and prosecute those responsible to demonstrate that we are truly a Nation of Laws and no one - including the President - is above the law.
To be blunt, I think this is a pipe dream. The possibility of Obama actually tapping Fitzgerald (or anyone else, for that matter) to look into BushCo's war crimes is about nil. Not only would it undermine the credibility of the United States government for years, it would also set a dangerous precedent. I can only imagine one or another of the parties holding a grudge against a previous administration and attempting to inflict political damage as Republicans tried with Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings.
As a proud liberal and an American citizen though, I confess I'd like to see the entire administration brought up on war crimes charges. I think Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and the entire lot are criminally responsible for the deaths of thousands of people worldwide. Enough allegations and facts have already reared their heads that an investigation of other improprieties - at the least - is appropriate. To that end, any pressure put on Obama is only a good thing.
You can click the link or on the image above to sign a petition asking Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate BushCo for war crimes. I did.
But I'm not holding my breath. What about you?