By Sherwood Ross
Rather than scrap it as un-American and authoritarian, Godfather Obama has institutionalized the practice of â€œunlawful indefinite detentionâ€ he inherited from his predecessor in the White House.
Thatâ€™s the view of Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU), one of blthe nationâ€™s foremost authorities on the rule of law. Romero says that instead of closing down the Guantanamo operation and resolving its legal cases in the Federal courts, Obama has done the opposite and, in fact, revived â€œthe illegitimate Guantanamo military commissions.â€ Romero doesnâ€™t refer to Obama as â€œGodfather,â€ of course. Maybe because he doesnâ€™t have to.
Like a true godfather, though, the man in the White House doesnâ€™t want to hear about what went down during those illegal detentions. He refuses to have his Justice Department consigliere investigate the illegal kidnappings and torture by the CIA GoodFellas at any of their secret sites. McClatchy News Service reports this includes dungeons in Poland, Thailand, Romania, and Lithuania.
While Polandâ€™s President Bronislaw Komorowski wants a â€œthorough investigationâ€ of what went on at a CIA-run villa about 100 miles north of Warsaw, McClatchyâ€™s Roy Gutman reports, â€œThe U.S. government has stonewalled all known requests for assistance.â€
Likely itâ€™s concealing gross, cowardly, and obscene tortures of the most revolting nature, such as threatening prisoners with murder using power drills, as well as waterboarding them. And thatâ€™s just whatâ€™s known. Poland has 20 books of as yet unreleased testimonh.
â€œIf former officials are brought to trial, or if the classified files in the (Polish) prosecutorsâ€™ offices are made public, the result will be revelations about an American anti-terrorism operation whose details U.S. officials are fighting to keep secret,â€ Gutman writes.
Keep in mind that the prisoners in such secret dungeons are kidnapped off the streets in the first place, without the benefit of legal proceedings, and held for years. Writing of Guantanamo in the Miami Herald of October 3, 2011, Joseph Margulies, perhaps the most prominent defense lawyer who has served there, says prisoners â€œmay never hold their children or say goodbye to a dying mother. Their fate is the four walls of a prison cell…â€
Even some men cleared for transfer by the Bush and Obama regimes â€œremain in custody,â€ Margulies writes—despite Obamaâ€™s pledge to shut Guantanamo. But thereâ€™s worse, much worse.
â€œMurderâ€ is the term for killing without legal proceedings or a state of war. Protests stream in regularly from Pakistani officials over the U.S. killing of civilians by drone attacks, yet the godfather continues to sign off on them. The protests make a sham of Obamaâ€™s claim the drone attacks are the outcome of some careful screening process.
At minimum you would think a president would shut down any criminal cell he found operating out of the coils of the federal establishment. Yet, after George W. Bush expanded the CIA into a veritable federalized Ku Klux Klan, Obama refuses to dismantle it or prosecute its officials.
The Obama crime syndicate is operating on many fronts—it prosecutes whistle-blowers, it expands germ warfare, it threatens nuclear war against UN members, it lavishes billions on research into new ways of killing and disabling people, and, not least, it makes criminal wars. In short, it does everything youâ€™d expect a godfather to do. All thatâ€™s left is for the world to kiss his ring.
(Sherwood Ross is a Miami-based public relations consultant for good causes who formerly worked for major dailies and wire services. Contact him at email@example.com)