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<< Jan 30, 2008 @ 18:29 >>

"We've taken steps to address the issue of interrogations, for instance, and waterboarding has not been used in years."

-John Negroponte, former US Director of National Intelligence

Now to me this gives us a simple process:

1. Subpoena John Negroponte to testify under oath to Congress on this quote.


1. "Waterboarding has been used on only three detainees," CIA Director Michael Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

2. Pursuant to number one, as waterboarding is a war crime that has been prosecuted by the US and the international community in previous cases, open a criminal investigation.

3. As current Attorney General Mukasey has testified under oath to the Senate that the waterboarding use by the US was authorized, and as waterboarding is a war crime, obtain these authorizations as evidence in the criminal case.

4. Use the names from the waterboarding authorizations as the defendants in the criminal case. Or, if the authorizations are not handed over, bring charges of obstruction of justice against whoever is withholding them.

Of course, I imagine the problem here is that the Justice Department is the only place where this criminal investigation can be opened. And, secondly, the Justice Department is the only body that can issue obstruction of justice charges. (Anybody know if I'm right on these two points?) And, of course, Mukasey won't allow either.

Can Congress impeach an Attorney General? Yes, I do believe so. At the federal level, Article Two of the United States Constitution (Section 4) states that "The President, Vice President, and all other civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors."

They should just keep impeaching Justice Department officials until one of them starts the investigation.

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