Bush homicides

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The Daily Beast's John Sifton writes about "The Bush Administration Homicides" (h/t: John Byrne at AlterNet):

In February 2006, a review by Human Rights First determined that almost 100 detainees died in U.S. custody in Afghanistan and Iraq facilities as of 2005, and that almost half of the cases were clearly homicides. Several cases discussed in the report were clear cases of torture homicides.

(The HRF report on detainee deaths that Sifton discussed looked familiar, and I could have sworn that I'd blogged about it--but I couldn't find a post.) In contrast to torture, Sifton notes that the homicide of detainees is "an uncomplicated crime:"

A criminal homicide occurs when a person or set of persons simply causes the death of another without legal justification. There is little nuance, little room for escape. Once a person is dead, the killer and those assisted him, those who solicited his crime or aided or abetted it, are accomplices.

The bottom line is that many detainee homicides in Iraq and Afghanistan were the direct result of approval and orders from the highest levels of government, and that high officials in the government are accomplices. Any meaningful investigation of those homicides would reveal the initial authorizations and their link to the homicides.

Homicide presents legal issues impossible to ignore. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice cannot conclude their deliberations about Bush-era torture policies without closely investigating the homicide cases tied to them. One cannot speak glibly of "policy differences" and "looking forward" and "distraction" when corpses are involved.

Conservatives are reluctant to admit that torture is a crime, but at least they realize that torturing someone to death is a crime--right? Or will they have an excuse for that as well?

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