Andrew Sullivan says Obama is now an accessory to war crimes.

Posted on September 9, 2010


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The Washington Examiner reported that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a lawsuit filed by five terrorism suspects against the U.S. government.  The suit challenged a controversial post-9/11 program in which terror suspects were “were flown by a Boeing Co. subsidiary to prisons around the world where they were tortured.”

The suit was dismissed on “state secrets privilege” which allows the president to stop lawsuits which threaten national security.  This is not sitting well with The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan:

But Obama’s insistence on protecting every Bush era war criminal and every Bush era war crime from any redress or even scrutiny is a sign both of how cold-blooded he can be, but more, I think, of how powerful the security state now is, how it can protect itself, how it exists independently of any real accountability to anyone, how even the metrics of judging it are beyond the citizen’s reach or understanding.

I tried valiantly not to believe this of Holder and Obama for months; I tried to see their legitimate concerns about exposing a war machine when it is still at war; I understand the need for some extraordinary renditions; and the necessity for executive power in emergencies to act swiftly, as the Founders intended. Yes war requires some secrecy. But Obama has gone much further than this now. The cloak of secrecy he is invoking is not protecting national security but protecting war crimes. And this is now inescapably his cloak. He is therefore a clear and knowing accessory to war crimes, and should at some point face prosecution as well, if the Geneva Conventions mean anything any more. (emphasis mine)

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