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Without accountability the rule of law and the oath of office are meaningless. Most of those who should be prosecuted for their war crimes took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. By their deeds they threatened the very existence of our Constitution. Failure of the incoming administration to prosecute them for their crimes against us (We, the People), would be a violation of their oaths to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against its domestic enemies. The rule of law, our constitutional guarantees of freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would exist only as licenses revocable at the will of any future would-be czar.

Our jails and prisons are filled with those who have violated the whole litany of crimes--crimes against persons, crimes against property, misdemeanors and heinous felonies. None of the crimes for which they are being held are as atrocious as war crimes, crimes against humanity. As for those presently serving time, it would be cruel and unusual punishment to continue to incarcerate them if those who are responsible for the war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetuated in our names over the last eight years are not held accountable. If war criminals are not punished for their crimes, how can the imprisonment of those convicted of lesser crimes be justified?

Without accountability there is no rule of law.

Robert Castle

McMinnville, OR

Jan 29 2009 - 12:09am

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To regain its sanity, America must confront the terrible crimes and betrayals by our leaders--not in a vindictive way, but in order that the mistakes shall not be repeated. The ideas and policies that led us to the brink of ruin need to be repudiated. The facts must be exposed to the public so that our trust in Congress, the media and our fellow citizens (our neighbors and coworkers) can be restored. The wrongdoers and enablers, of both major political parties, must be held accountable--if not in a court of law, then at least in the court of public opinion. Hence: LetsNotMoveOn.org.

Donald A. Smith

Bellevue, WA

Jan 26 2009 - 4:58pm

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The price of crude oil increased five times over what it was before the Iraq fracas was started. The main source of the Bush family fortune is crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico region.

The connection should be clear to all.

Elmer A. Keen

San Diego, CA

Jan 22 2009 - 7:09pm

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Ms Holtzman, You have been a far-left joke to our system since the days of Watergate. Fortunately, other than the leftist lemmings who peruse sites like The Nation, few Americans share your views.

Even President Obama came to realize through his briefings by the president that reality isn't always what it seems. Hence his praise of President Bush just before and during the inauguration .

Every Republican president has been subjected to the same slurs of criminality and a lack of intelligence that President Bush received during his eight years. For leftists like Ms Holtzman, there is a elitist arrogance that will never see Republicans and especially conservatives as equal partners in our democratic experiment.

Larry Robinson

Moreno Valley, CA

Jan 22 2009 - 11:49am

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Those holding Bush accountable for the invasion of Iraq must consider a most obvious factor in their decision. All the reasons they gave us were the pre-9/11 reasons. Post-9/11 it was all about using military might, which they were able to use in Afghanistan because the terrorists were gathered on a battlefield. After Tora Bora they went back into hiding. So what they needed was another battlefield, and what better way to do that than to invade another Muslim country and what better candidate than Iraq. In other words, the creation of Al Qaeda in Iraq is what they had in mind all along. The problem is all of the Iraqis who were and still are being slaughtered, a true crime against humanity.

Martin Walsh

Trevose, PA

Jan 21 2009 - 9:50am

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Is it possible for detainees to sue the federal government in general or Bush, Cheny, Rumsfeld, et al. for wrongful imprisonment, torture or other crimes? If President Obama is reluctant to instruct the Justice Department to take on the onerous task of charging, trying and possibly convicting government agencies/individuals of crimes, could lower courts take up the challenge?

Kathleen Conway

Tempe, AZ

Jan 20 2009 - 7:21pm

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One conspiracy not discussed falls on Tom Ridge, Homeland Security director. On leaving office he told a press conference that the alert system was a sham. He admitted manipulating threat levels on orders delivered by White House minions.

Those alerts were no joke for states and cities. Hundreds of millions got squandered on overtime and other measures. The bogus alarms turned local firefighters and police into campaign workers. That is a Hatch Act violation. The entire 2004 re-election campaign revolved on fear and impending doom--which was bogus and carefully manufactured.

Cynically packing the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division with voter suppression zealots sure looks like another Hatch Act violation. Only Republicans make keeping people from voting a priority. Civil rights is about letting citizens vote. Hard to characterize what was going on as anything but political activity, no matter what party you belong to.

Clarence Thomas at least pretended to do the civil rights job, despite his opposition to affirmative action.

James Mclain

Detroit, MI

Jan 20 2009 - 4:59pm

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No investigaion of Bush will be complete that doesn't include the crime that started the Bush nightmare. That crime is Bush's theft of the 2000 election in Florida. What Bush did in Florida to illegally thwart the will of the people by stopping a legal vote count of uncounted votes was a broad daylight coup d'état. No one should ever forget that most of the votes not counted in Florida in 2000 are the votes of black women. None of the crimes listed in Elizabeth Holtzman's article would have happened had it not been for Bush's theft of the 2000 election. There will be more stolen elections if Bush and his election stealers aren't held accountable for their illegal acts that ended democracy in America in 2000.

Nancy Kuhn

Scottsdale, Az.

Jan 19 2009 - 9:53am

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Excellent overview of the criminal past of Bush, Cheney, et al. The public will support the investigation and prosecution of these arrogant slime because it is the right thing to do. This is still the United States of America, and we still do have a moral compass; you know, the one Bush alluded to in his fond farewell. Bush also thinks that the majority of Americans are better off now in many ways since he stole the presidency in 2000 and again in 2004. Sorry, soon-to-be-private-citizen Bush, but that ol' dog just won't hunt!

What you just read is a pretty convincing overview of the charges to be brought and how we should go about the business of investigating and prosecuting. If that's not enough for you, please check out the Articles of Impeachment written by Rep. Dennis Kuchinich.

Goodbye, Mr. Bush. See you in court!

Carol Burns

Pensacola, FL

Jan 17 2009 - 5:25pm

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Many thanks to Elizabeth Holtzman for her impassioned article about the need to hold the Bush administration accountable for its well-documented crimes. owever, I do not think Obama will have the courage and fortitude to initiate such investigations and prosecutions.

I am so sick and tired of hearing about "looking forward not backward" from politicians. All Obama has to do is appoint a Special Prosecutor/Counsel to conduct a thorough investigation of the various crimes committed by the Bush administration. It's not as though Obama will be personally involved reading the files! He acts as though with our economy in shambles, we cannot do anything else... what a bunch of hogwash!

If Obama is so intelligent, then he can multi-task or at least direct his administration to do so.

If Obama is all about "change we can believe in," then he better correct the wrongs of the past, or it will just be business as usual inside the Beltway.

On another note: I think it is fair to say that Congress (aside from Conyers, Kucinich and Feingold) was complicit in some of the crimes committed by the Bush administration, so I do not expect them to be gung-ho about uncovering the dirt under the carpet.

In fact, the Democratic Congress since 2006 has a despicable record of standing up to the dictatorship that developed in the White House. I cannot recall a single occasion where the Dems in Congress stood up to Bush or Cheney.

Finally, as one other reader pointed out--there are many lingering questions about the veracity of the Bush Administration's account of the events of 9/11. Further, the 9/11 Commission Report is regarded in many circles as a complete whitewash of those events. Everything that happened in the past eight years was predicated on those attacks. If there weren't exactly attacks as our government described, then we are living in a huge lie.

Why should we believe Bush and Cheney about 9/11 when they tried to obstruct the investigation; then they tried to appoint Kissinger to cover it up; then they underfunded the commission; then they stacked it with loyalists; then they narrowed their mandate; then they refused to testify under oath (and without each other present); and what you have left is a total whitewash.

Please America, wake up!

Stuart Wilde

Carefree, AZ

Jan 17 2009 - 4:34pm

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