By Kenneth J. Theisen
On Thursday, June 30, 2011 Attorney General Eric Holder announced another of the Obama administration's cover-ups of the crimes of the U.S. government in regard to torture and death conducted by the Bush regime and now continued by the current administration.Â Holder stated that the Justice Department (DOJ) is launching a "full criminal investigation" into the deaths of two detainees in U.S. custody. This "investigation" announcement is the result of a "review" as to whether federal laws were violated in connection with the interrogation and murder of detainees in U.S. custody overseas. In August 2009 Holder, in order to quell the outrage at U.S. instituted torture, announced that he had appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham to review allegations of torture and other crimes.
But the "review" was really part of a wider cover-up effort to whitewash these massive crimes. Now after a nearly two year "review" Holder thinks we will believe that justice is being done because DOJ is "investigating" only two of these crimes?Â Tens of thousands of prisoners have been held by the U.S. and its allies in the U.S. war of terror since 9/11/01. The vast majority was abused and many faced torture by various government agents such as those employed by the CIA or the war department. Many were actually murdered in custody.Â And yet Obama and his legal minions have yet to hold any of the top criminal dogs in the Bush regime accountable for these crimes. In fact, the present administration continues many of these same policies and crimes and covers up the past crimes. Extraordinary rendition, torture and abuse, indefinite detention, denial of legal rights, etc, all continue and in many cases have been "legalized" under Obama. Obama's lawyers were successful this last week in convincing the Supreme Court not to hear a case of 250 civilians tortured and seriously harmed by corporate contractorsÂ of the U.S. at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. These prisoners are now left with out legal redress because of Obama's actions in their case.
Holder's actions are just part and parcel of this continued policy of the U.S. government to allow torture to continue and to avoid holding any top criminals in the government liable for their crimes.