Atmosphere of intimidation

Bill Moyers had Jane Mayer on the other night to talk about her new book: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals. What she had to say was nothing less than shocking.

According to Jane:

Because they wanted to interrogate people in completely brutal ways. And they wanted to avoid being accused of war crimes. So one of the witnesses there, Doug Feith in particular, who was the number three in the Pentagon, argued right after 9/11 that the Geneva Convention should no longer apply to anybody that was picked up in the war on terror, that was a terrorist suspect.

She goes on to say:

People told me, “You can’t imagine what it was like inside the White House during this period.” There was such an atmosphere of intimidation. And when the lawyers, some of these lawyers tried to stand up to this later, they felt so endangered in some ways that, at one point, two of the top lawyers from the Justice Department developed this system of talking in codes to each other because they thought they might be being wiretapped. … They felt like they might be kind of weirdly in physical danger. They were actually scared to stand up to Vice President Cheney.

If members of the Department of Justice feel the need to talk in code to protect themselves from Dick Cheney, we should all be very scared. If they would do this to their own inner party officials, just what are they capable of doing to the proletariat?

Dick Cheney needs to be brought up on charges for his part in approving the torture of terror suspects and for intimidating government employees to the point they are in fear for their lives. To not do so means the United States (that’s us kids) approves the use of torture which runs contrary to the Constitution of which they are supposed to uphold and protect above all else.