General Anthony Taguba on Impeachment

Breaking news: Army General says Bush administration guilty of war crimes!
Bush is on a war crime spree, and only impeachment can stop him!

Over the last three days, many tens of thousands of impeachment supporters have written and called Congress demanding accountability for Bush's war crimes. In a Physicians for Human Rights report published yesterday, entitled "Broken Laws, Broken Lives," two-star former General Anthony Taguba, wrote, "After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes. The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."

General Taguba's words could easily have come from of an impeachment activist, or excerpted from the 35 Articles of Impeachment introduced last week. But instead they came from the Army general who was appointed by the Bush Administration to lead the investigation into the detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib and report on it. Taguba's comments shed new light on the horror of Bush's crimes, and are a striking confirmation of what the impeachment movement has been saying for years. Taguba's report comes right on the heels of a McClatchy newspaper report that showed gross abuses of human rights occurred under Bush's watch, primarily at prisons in Afghanistan where detainees were held en route to Guantanamo — and that many of the prisoners were wrongly detained.

In the report released yesterday, Taguba said, "This report tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture." After submitting his original report, General Taguba was predictably forced into early retirement for doing too good and thorough a job and exposing far too much for Rumsfeld's comfort zone.

Taguba closed his comments with a direct call to action: "These men deserve justice as required under the tenets of international law and the United States Constitution." There is only one way for the Constitution to be brought into force and restore justice to the Bush administration's many victims: impeachment.

If you have never heard of General Anthony Taguba, he is well worth the time to research him, and will surely become one of your beloved heroes and capture your admiration if you do. When he was on C-Span a few years ago, he almost began to weep as he told his story.

JaiMe's picture

The recent developments in this impeachment movement are fascinating to me, I really wonder what everyone on the team thinks of this? I've noticed a lot of people "howling for blood" and this concerns me, it seems like more division, although of course people do have reason to be angry. Also the timing of this, it seems like so much of the administration is involved that perhaps nothing could really have been done until there was a new one on the way in? I mean to say, what would actually happen if most of our government were suddenly removed, who would end up running things around here? I for one hope they sentence George to live out his life working with cattle on the ranch and being a simple man, perhaps we can all learn about mercy and forgiveness through this nightmare.

Many blessings Smile

lightwins's picture

For our country and our constitution to have any semblance of integrity, Bush and Co. must be held accountable for their high crimes and misdemeanors.

However, I am reminded of a story of another Texan in the mid-19th century. It seems this fellow had a very large piece of land and on several occasions his foreman found someone on the property, hunting or camping or cutting firewood. And each time when he brought the culprit to the land holder and asked him what to do, this Texan said, "String 'em up; it'll teach 'em a lesson." Well, time passes as it tends to and eventually this heartless Texan passed as well and he found himself before Jesus, in Heaven. Saint Peter just read from the book--one heartless and cruel deed after another--and this fellow was shaking in his boots. then Jesus looked him in the eyes for the longest moment--looked right through him--and said, "Forgive him; it'll teach him a lesson."

Perhaps a Truth and Reconciliation Commission would be appropriate.

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ChrisBowers's picture

I am intrigued by the debate on where to find the happy balance between taking sides and doing nothing. On the one hand we have Adyashanti rightly instructing us (as well as many others) to not be caught up in the us v. them conflict because it only feeds the beast so to speak. On the other hand, we have a social/political responsibility as citizens as per our nation's constitution to move for impeachment when individuals go too far with their granted authority. I choose to move toward impeachment without hating the impeached. It is not about Bush or Cheney - they are the cause and effect result of an ineffectual Republic that has forgotten they really do have the power to change things when it goes wrong. It is about a broken Republic that can very possibly be corrected with enough social involvement based on personal responsibility rather than hate and the illusion of taking sides. I would proudly stand beside General Antonio Taguba any day and every day, but that's just me.

Love, Chris

ChrisBowers's picture

Ahhh, Truth and Reconciliation!
Made me think back to that forum a while back (can't remember which one at the moment) where the "culprit" is brought before the tribe and each member of the tribe goes before the offender and graciously testifies concerning all the good qualities of said perp until that individual breaks down, melts and is harmoniously absorbed back into the tribe without a hint of inefficient punishment. I would imagine we are not quite ready for that in this war-mongering culture at present, but I can also imagine we are not so far away from that harmonious behavior and culture as one might think! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

Oh, and JaiMe, I forgot to say at the end of my response to you above, "delusional concept of "me" duly noted, LOL!". My choice to speak emphatically at the end of that post seemed silly afterwards, and then down right hilarious, so smile with me and laugh with me, and know that I know exactly what you are talking about. There will still be times I engage in the duality nature of all this 3D physical silliness, but will always remain very aware that it is all one big illusion (or at least return to that awareness soon after "losing it") and I am forever destined to completely dismiss ALL of my perceived investments, just as ALL OF US are inevitably destined to do. In the mean time, I really would stand right there beside retired General Anthony Taguba because he has proven himself to be a very faithful and trustworthy steward of the common good, but I would also be whispering inspiring Adyashanti ideas gently in his ear while standing there and trusting that his true Self would ultimately be picking up what I am putting down, if you get my drift.

In any case, it makes involvement in politics and social movements of any kind much more fun when I realize it is not really a life or death situation, and maybe the inspired calm I bring (as a knower of my True Self) can accomplish more than all the emotional investment I relied so heavily upon in the past for my driving force of emphatic intent.

Nothing Real Can Be Threatened,
Nothing Unreal Exists!
Herein Lies the Peace of Dog....
(said the dyslexic animal lover)

Love, Chris

Berry's picture

Dear brother Chris,

It is indeed difficult to be perfect when we are still in 3rd Density reality!  I realize this daily. And the Law of One expresses this clearly when Ra says that "we will continue to call" for instruction until that time when we have achieved the level of Oneness and awareness desired for harvest.

So know that you are loved, we are love, All is love and we move on.   As the Beatles song said "All we need is Love!"

In Love, Berry

ChrisBowers's picture

It would be interesting to know if any or all of the Beatles really knew ALL they were saying so simply!

I would like to believe that at least one or two of them did....

Love, Chris

P.S. I read that paper you sent me a while back and forgot to comment back to you, so here is a few things it made me think of:

1.) Simple (does not confuse or confound)

2.) Common Sense (tends towards)

3.) Full On Resonates! (as if I were being reminded of something I already know, but have forgotten temporarily)

Was interesting to see Gregg Braden's name come up.

Also, I picked up a copy of the book, "The People of the Secret" (by Ernest Scott) that David Wilcock said was his favorite, most illuminating book on the subject. What a work!!!

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