The Left continues its faux outrage over KSM’s sore sinuses after having information that saved thousands of American lives waterboarded out of him; while ignoring– or condoning– actual torture and abuse in anti-America regimes.
So, Bush and Cheney are “war criminals,” on endless MSNBC talk shows, while it’s not even passing ironic that Iran is on the U.N. Commission on the treatment of women.
Recently Nigeria announced it will indict former Vice President Dick Cheney because Haliburton probably paid the bribes the government demanded. Keith Olbermann and “legal expert” Jonathan Turley found this to be a legitimate exercise of international law, and a “real problem” for the U.S.
TURLEY: Dick Cheney being tried in Nigerian court. You have people scratching that one off their bucket lists…
Here is the State Department’s assessment of the judicial system of Nigeria and the government’s human rights record.
Human rights problems during the year included the abridgement of citizens’ right to change their government; politically motivated and extrajudicial killings by security forces, including summary executions; vigilante killings; abductions by militant groups; torture, rape, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of prisoners, detainees, and criminal suspects; harsh and life-threatening prison and detention center conditions; arbitrary arrest and prolonged pretrial detention; denial of fair public trial; executive influence on the judiciary and judicial corruption; infringement of privacy rights; restrictions on freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, and movement; official corruption and impunity; domestic violence and discrimination against women; the killing of children suspected of witchcraft; female genital mutilation (FGM); child abuse and child sexual exploitation; societal violence; ethnic, regional, and religious discrimination; trafficking in persons for the purpose of prostitution and forced labor; discrimination against persons with disabilities; discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and child labor.
“The soft bigotry of low expectations” anyone?
OLBERMANN: Speaking of the Interpol, that‘s an interesting juxtaposition, because the Nigerians want to go via Interpol for the arrest warrant for Vice President Cheney at exactly the same time that the conservatives here are demanding that we use Interpol to arrest the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.
Is that anything but an irony?
TURLEY: It‘s a really crushing irony because it‘s clear that the United States is pressuring for his arrest and it would be rather odd for them to be pushing a red notice on Assange and then ignore one with Mr. Cheney.
Under the normal course of things, they would assist Interpol and Nigeria in extraditing this individual. The fact that he‘s a former vice president is really not supposed to matter. That‘s why we have that blindfold over justice. You‘re not supposed to peek. And this is a red notice and a valid case out of Nigeria, demanding his arrest.
Right, John, THAT is the irony here. From listening to these two clowns, one would think Nigeria’s legal system was akin to Great Britain’s.