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Richard Nixon’s White House counsel, John Dean, makes the case for prosecuting Dick Cheney for his role in torturing prisoners in the war on terror in an appearance on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He correctly flags an aggravating circumstance: not only does Cheney demonstrate no contrition for his criminal acts, but yesterday he went out of his way to assert that torture was the right thing to do—he was boasting about his crimes. Dean notes that because some of the criminal charges that could be brought against Cheney are subject to an eight-year statute of limitations, it is important that a prosecutor be given the task of assembling the case immediately.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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“I hope that after reading the following pages the leaders of the Y. M. C. A. will start a campaign to induce good young men to do nothing. If so, I shall not have lived in vain.”