Bush lied, thousands died

On the last day of the Bush presidency, let’s review the greatest shame of his regime.

It’s almost 11 minutes in length, but extremely important. We must never forget. Will these criminals ever face justice?

Readers, please add your own links and videos in the comments. There are just too many to even narrow them down to the most succinct.

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  1. #1 by cav on January 19, 2009 - 9:21 am

    What’s another eleven minutes after these eight looooong years? Jesus, Becky.

  2. #2 by Becky on January 19, 2009 - 9:30 am

    And I want to start focusing on the coming four years right now, but in our relief to be done with this presidency, we cannot shirk our duty to ensure justice for the wrongs committed. I’m getting fired up again.

  3. #3 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2009 - 9:55 am

    House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, who was a major disappointment on impeachment to say the least, just released a 487-page report (PDF) on the Bush administration. He also introduced a bill to create a commission to investigate Bush’s crimes and malfeasance.

    We can e-mail Congressman Matheson to ask him to co-sponsor the bill. It’s H.R. 104, National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties.

    Rep. Conyers points out that the commission isn’t intended as an alternative to criminal prosecution of Bush administration officials. If Bush issues a last-minute blanket pardon, however, the prosecution option may not be available.

  4. #4 by Becky on January 19, 2009 - 10:12 am

    Thanks, Richard. And I hope everyone will contact Matheson. Our silence in this might imply our tacit approval, and future presidents may take it as a precedent.

  5. #5 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2009 - 10:40 am

    To elaborate a little, the proposed commission would have subpoena power. This is important, because the most secretive administration in history is not likely to leave behind a lot of documentary evidence. The commission will have to get witnesses to testify under oath, and be quick to nail anyone who lies. Blanket pardon(s) can’t possibly cover lying to a truth commission that hasn’t been set up yet!

  6. #6 by Moribund Republic on January 19, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Wouldn’t be the first time, and sadly probably won’t be the last.

    That said, no man inflicts the kind of damage Bush has facilitated by himself.

    “Never believe anything until it is officially denied”.

    Otto von Bismarck.

  7. #7 by Ken Bingham on January 19, 2009 - 11:08 am

    Thank you so much President Bush for commuting the sentences of two innocent border agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. It should have been a full pardon but at least these two brave men will now be free. It is appalling that these two men were ever prosecuted for justifiably shooting a piece of human excrement in the ass. Its just too bad they didn’t kill the bastard. Hopefully he also pardons the political prisoner Scooter Libby, who was prosecuted by the idiot, and politically motivated, Patrick Fitzgerald, who is now bungling the Blagojevich case.

  8. #8 by Obama the Paul [merLot] on January 19, 2009 - 12:15 pm

    Ken:

    Were these folks you refer not convicted by juries of their peers?

  9. #9 by Ken on January 19, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    We haven’t had a “jury of peers” for years. Our jury system has become bastardized by both defense and prosecutors. Many trials now come down to which side does the best job in selecting a jury. “jury of your peers” originally meant that a defendant would be tried by a jury populated with people in their same social and economic condition. What has happened is we now have juries that are populated by the ignorant that are easily manipulated by defense attorneys and prosecutors.

    After the trial and acquittal of the police officers in the Rodney King beating a man on TV complained that the officers were not tried by Rodney King’s peers. This shows how ignorant many are with our judicial system. All defendants have the right to be tried by a jury of their peers, not the plaintiffs peers. The principle behind this is that people who are in the same social and economic condition are more likely to treat the defendant fairly than people who come from completely different backgrounds. This is why we understand it to be wrong for a black man to be tried by an all white jury. We need to get back to the jury system where the term “peers” has its literal meaning. By doing so we will see less miscarriages of justice like the one concerning the border agents.

  10. #10 by Obama the Paul [MEROvingians] on January 19, 2009 - 1:13 pm

    Tell me precisely which jurors were somehow prejudiced to unfairly convict Scooter Libby? When preparing your list, you may want to consider that Libby had the best defense money could by and his defense team approved of the jury pool as selected.

    Have at it, Ken. Tell us what went wrong with that jury, other than the fact they rendered a unanimous decision you did not like.

  11. #11 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2009 - 1:29 pm

    The Scooter Libby case may be the first of many. Recall that he wasn’t convicted of the original crime, but for participating in the cover-up. That’s how the truth commission will be able to put people in jail.

  12. #12 by Ken on January 19, 2009 - 1:44 pm

    The rogue prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, knew early on the identity of the one who leaked the name of Valarie Plame to the media; however he unethically continued his witch hunt. Karl Rove was the real target but Scooter Libby was made to be the fall guy. Bush needs to right this miscarriage of justice by giving him a full pardon.

    Patrick Fitzgerald is displaying his unscrupulous and prosecutorial malpractice in the Blagojevich case by short-circuiting the investigation by making it public before an actual crime had taken place ie. money actually changing hands. I believe he did this to protect others in the Illinois power structure including those now on the Obama team. Blagojevich may be politically dead but it is going to be very difficult to prosecute him criminally because of Fitzgerald’s corrupt incompetence.

  13. #13 by Richard Warnick on January 19, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Ken, you must know Patrick Fitzgerald is a Republican, appointed by George W. Bush.

  14. #14 by cav on January 19, 2009 - 3:07 pm

    I suppose there’s such a thing as ‘rouge citizen’. That might help to explain the fear I smell somewhere on this thread.

    That ‘script’ was intended to be taken!

  15. #15 by Ken on January 19, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Richard

    One of the most liberal Supreme Court Justices “David Souter” was appointed by George HW Bush. Just because Fitzgerald may be a registered Republican does not mean he is not beholden to the Chicago political machine.

  16. #16 by Leo Brown on January 19, 2009 - 6:21 pm

    Patrick Fitzgerald is the scourge of the Chicago Machine. Ask City Clerk James Laski. Among Republicans convicted, ask former Governor Ryan. Governor Blagojevich now will surely be impeached, and his crime spree was stopped. Previously in his career, Fitz took on the Gambino crime family. I guess you could ask them, but remember omerta. Scooter and Cheney and W. understand omerta. Fitz is a straight shooter. The people he went after were not.

    As for Bush & company, I would settle for a truth commission.

  17. #17 by cav on January 19, 2009 - 7:36 pm

    Ken, you are s0 full of it.

  18. #18 by Obama the Paul [MEROvingians] on January 19, 2009 - 9:21 pm

    Ken:

    You are not only full of it, you are dodging the question: where did the jury get it wrong? Libby had the best of the best defenses money can buy. He lost. Where did the jury get it wrong.

    PS. Please do not wander in to the forest of what he might have been charged with. He was charged with obstruction of justice and found guilty. What did the jury get wrong given the evidence it was presented.

    Please, be specific!

  19. #19 by Becky on January 19, 2009 - 9:52 pm

    Ken,

    I know you’re going through a rough patch, what with all the Hope and Change in the air right now. But really, I’d be curious to hear those details about the Libby jury, too.

  20. #20 by cav on January 19, 2009 - 10:20 pm

    And maybe a detail or two about the pot-head shot by narks as he ran for the mexican border. Two narks who then covered it up.

    For you: Prozac…not Oxycontyn

  21. #21 by Cliff on January 19, 2009 - 10:49 pm

    Before its too late, I wanted to say one more time. The President of The United States is a treasonous war criminal and should be tried convicted and hanged.

    Peace.

    Cliff 1.10.2009

  22. #22 by rmwarnick on January 20, 2009 - 9:07 am

    Sorry, Ken. There’s a report that Bush won’t pardon “Scooter.” Things are tough all over.

  23. #23 by Ken on January 20, 2009 - 9:23 am

    I think Bush may regret not giving a blanket pardon to everyone in his administration.

  24. #24 by Ken on January 20, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Cliff

    I will agree with you after 10AM this morning. (c8

  25. #25 by Richard Warnick on January 20, 2009 - 10:42 am

    Ken– What happened to Never Criticize The Commander-in-Chief In Time of War? Some sacred principles are so short-lived…

  26. #26 by Ken on January 20, 2009 - 10:52 am

    No you can criticize the President, just not on foreign soil.

  27. #27 by Richard Warnick on January 20, 2009 - 10:58 am

    Muntazer al-Zaidi being the prime example. Maybe if he had gone to Washington to throw shoes at Bush he’d still have all his teeth.

  28. #28 by Rich Okelberry on January 20, 2009 - 11:25 am

    Oooops… Forgot the link!

    Bush Lied and People Died, Right?

  29. #29 by Obama the Paul [merLot] on January 20, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Ken:

    Still waiting.

    What about the jury that convicted the Scooter?

    Where did they get it wrong?

  30. #30 by Ken on January 20, 2009 - 6:17 pm

    Obama the Paul

    There should never have been a scooter Libby trial because the moment Patrick Fitzgerald discovered the identity of the Plame leaker and discovered no crime had been committed it was his obligation to end the investigation. But instead of doing this he continued it for the express purpose of getting Bush Administration officials. He went over two years living off of the tax payers dime going way beyond his mandate.

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