It is now well documented and
known all over the world that the US government
detainees at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo and that the
Also documented and well known
is the fact that the US Department of Justice
provided written memos justifying the torture of
One torture advocate who wrote the DOJ memos
that gave the green light to the Bush regime`s use
of torture is John Yoo, a Korean immigrant who
somehow secured a
The way around the law that Yoo
provided for the sadistic Bush regime was closed
down by the US Supreme Court, which voided Yoo`s
arguments, and Yoo`s torture memo was rescinded by
the Department of Justice.
Nevertheless, Yoo`s obvious constitutional
incompetence, which in Yoo`s case is total, has not
affected his position as professor of constitutional
But I digress.
Even as the
I use the word
because approximately 99 percent of the detainees
According to Carrie Johnson, a Washington Post staff writer, on
While Chuckie`s trial was underway, the Bush regime was torturing people.
Post writes that Chuckie`s conviction is
test of an American law that gives prosecutors the
power to bring charges for acts of torture committed
in foreign lands."
In other words,
Anyone else who tortures gets life, or in the case of Saddam Hussein gets hung by the neck until dead.
Isn`t it great to be an American? Our laws don`t apply to us, only to every other nation. This is what it means to be the moral light of the world, the unipower, the salt of the earth.
Neither poor Carrie Johnson nor
her editors at the Washington
Post see the irony or the paradox.
Johnson writes in the
Post that the
If only American laws applied
to the American government.
Then the criminals who have been in charge
for 8 years could be prosecuted for their extreme
But, of course, the great moral
American government is far above the law.
American law only applies to dispensable
The American government, the government of the great indispensable nation, has a free pass. The strong do what they will. The weak suffer what they must.
Paul Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Reagan`s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the author of Supply-Side Revolution : An Insider`s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown: Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter Brimelow`s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.