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  •  On January 10, Charles Taylor Jr. (1+ / 0-)
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    Was sentenced to 97 years in jail for torture, conspiracy to commit torture, and firearms charges IN FLORIDA.  Sound familiar to what BushCo did?  Charles Taylor, Jr. was born in Boston, MA., so he is a US citizen.  Kinda like Bush.

    Here is an excerpt from the CNN article:  "Taylor, also known as Charles McArthur Emmanuel, was convicted October 30 of torture, conspiracy to commit torture and firearm charges.

    His case, tried in Miami, was the first brought under a 1994 U.S. law saying those accused of committing torturous acts overseas can be tried in a U.S. federal court, as long as the person is a U.S. national or is present in the United States, regardless of nationality".

    Below is the link to the CNN article:

     http://edition.cnn.com/...

    We are at the moment when our lives must be placed on the line if our nation is to survive its own folly. -Martin Luther King.

    by Eyes Wide Open on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 09:51:10 PM PST

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    •  And your point is? (0+ / 0-)

      Charles Taylor may be a US citizen, but he is not a former US President or a member of a former US Presidential Administration.

      While I like to imagine the Hague jumping in if our government fails to seek justice, I know that that scenario is a total pipedream - it will never happen.  Because the prosecution of an American President in an international court would be viewed as a serious compromise of our autonomy as a country - imagine how other countries feel - but Americans don't do that - anyhow my point above was that if we continue to irritate our neighbors around the world by prosecuting them - invading them - plucking people out of countries and holding them at secret or public sites without any effort to try them - and protecting our own when they break the law - and our economic status continues on a downward spiral then we lose ultimately - that's my opinion anyway.

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