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Supreme Court Delivers 'Dangerous Message': Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions


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Supreme Court Delivers 'Dangerous Message': Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that former George W. Bush officials cannot be held liable for the abuse and detention of a group of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens swept up in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"This decision regrettably provides constitutional immunity for some of the most high-level officials responsible for gross abuses in the aftermath of September 11," stated Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project.


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What absolute hooey. The court has always engaged in line-drawing when it comes to balancing governmental concerns with personal, constitutional concerns. Given this decision there is no line that a US official can cross, no behavior so obscene that it can result in a penalty. It is a GOOD thing that officials should be looking over their shoulders when deciding to kill, torture and maim.


#3

Even more evidence that the Duopoly is corrupt to it's core.


#4

What am I missing? Has anyone discovered why only 6 Supreme Court judges voted today?


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Turn them over to the World Court. They do not deserve any more leniency than those Axis officials that were on trail after WWII.


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Guess it doesn't matter why 3 justices didn't vote...if they had, it would have ended up as another 5-4 win for the corrupt Republicans. Sotomayor and Kagan would have voted against immunity and Gorsuch would have tipped the scale the other way.


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Who ever expected these war criminals to be held to account? At least I get some small satisfaction that none of them can ever travel overseas where they would be rightfully arrested for war crimes.


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After stalling so many appointments at all federal court levels during the Obama years, the GOP is now postured to load the entire federal judiciary with fascists who will rule in the GOP's favor on every case, resulting in Congress (present and future) and POTUS (present or future) having no power to legislate against the GOP because the GOP will take any legislation they don't like to court and have it overturned.

By 2020 there will be no need for TPP and TTIP corporate tribunals. Federal courts at all levels will be defacto corporate tribunals, functioning solely to overturn and legislation that would have been beneficial to the 99%.


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"Allowing a damages suit in this context, or in a like context in other circumstances, would require courts to interfere in an intrusive way with sensitive functions of the Executive Branch."

Is this not what the designers of the Constitution had in mind for our system of checks and balances? So the Court takes no responsibility for interfering with sensitive functions of the Executive Branch? Might as well pack up and go home then. What are they good for? They should stop calling themselves 'justices'.


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Exactly. This position was taken by the OB administration many times because they know they could be prosecuted as war criminals if the others in the Duopoly were.


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The vast majority of Obama appointments, like the Rethugs, were conservatives, corporate lawyers and prosecutors. As were the Clintons' appointments. And all are legal and intellectual pipsqueaks who couldn't run a traffic court.


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It does seem to this legal layman that this decision does make it clear (if it was not before) that the U.S. government has no intention of prosecuting these war crimes. If my understanding is correct, this does quite clearly open the door for prosecution by international bodies like the World Court or in fact by other nations.

That does not mean it will happen of course.


#13

SRSUS - The Supreme Rubber Stamp of the United States.


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An ugly scenario. Should we be reading up on Franco's Spain, Pinochet's Chile or Hitler's Germany to understand the future course of the U.S.? When there are no longer principles, decency and human compassion - we end up with a society and government where money and power are the only values. A sad and frightening state of affairs.


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""Allowing a damages suit in this context, or in a like context in other circumstances, would require courts to interfere in an intrusive way with sensitive functions of the Executive Branch."

That's the court's ROLE as a CHECK on abuse of power. Except for fascists who don't want any check.

"The risk of personal damages liability is more likely to cause an official to second-guess difficult but necessary decisions concerning national-security policy,""

That's what damages are SUPPOSED to do - deter wrongdoing. You are CAUSING wrongdoing removing protection.


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Didn't US excuse itself from judgment by World Court?


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They continue to move their fellow criminals into office for just this purpose --
to protect one another and to keep cover up's going.

We haven't had a criminal-free government since 1963 ... 11/22/63.

9/11 was a criminal and treasonous betrayal of the American citizens and the world
and the entire administration should have been in jail -- along with everyone from PNAC calling
for a new "Pearl Harbor."


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That Supreme Court ruling is just another nail in the coffin of the rule of law and the viability of democracy in America.


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"To protect the nation in times of great peril"
What great peril? When a govt. attacks it's own citizens, and blames someone else?


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Inside job, see AIPAC for details.