Friday, August 11, 2006
This story is amazing.
Imagine, if you will, a thief attempting to change a law, retroactively, so that the thief's earlier transgressions would no longer be considered illegal.
Now you understand what the Bush administration is trying to do.
According the the LA Times, the Bush administration is trying to get Congress to pass amendments to the War Crimes Act so that their numerous transgressions will not be considered to be illegal.
The Bush administration has drafted amendments to the War Crimes Act that would retroactively protect policymakers from possible criminal charges for authorizing humiliating and degrading treatment of detainees, according to lawyers who have seen the proposal.
The White House, without elaboration, said in a statement that the bill "will apply to any conduct by any U.S. personnel, whether committed before or after the law is enacted."