Cheney Profiting From His Crimes

Obama administration should have prosecuted him, Glenn Greenwald suggests

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 25, 2011 12:50 PM CDT | Updated Aug 25, 2011 1:51 PM CDT

(Newser) – Lots of countries have laws preventing criminals from profiting from their crimes. “By rather stark contrast, Dick Cheney will prance around the next several weeks in the nation's largest media venues,” touting his new book and debating “whether he was right to invade other countries, torture, and illegally spy on Americans,” Glenn Greenwald of Salon fumes. And he’ll “profit greatly by doing so.”

Cheney can get away with this because the Obama administration— “marching under the deceitful Orwellian banner of Look Forward, Not Backward”—decided to block all legal investigations of its predecessors, Greenwald writes. If you demand citizens “avert their eyes from the crimes of their leaders … the crimes become non-crimes, legitimate acts of political choice." The episode sends a crystal clear message: “Criminal accountability is only for ordinary citizens and other nations’ (unfriendly) rulers," concludes Greenwald.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney reacts to the crowd during a meeting of former President George H.W. Bush's administration’s key decision-makers,  Jan. 20, 2011 in College Station, Texas.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney reacts to the crowd during a meeting of former President George H.W. Bush's administration’s key decision-makers, Jan. 20, 2011 in College Station, Texas.   (AP Photo/Bob Levey)
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