Cheney Profiting From His Crimes
Obama administration should have prosecuted him, Glenn Greenwald suggests
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 25, 2011 12:50 PM CDT
Updated Aug 25, 2011 1:51 PM CDT
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)

(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.

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Aug 26, 2011 1:19 PM CDT
"In competing speeches today, President Obama said the U.S. went off course with practices like waterboarding. Cheney retaliated by saying he doesn't regret any of the decisions he made, and if he had to do it all over again, he would order President Bush to do exactly the same thing. And then he ate a baby." --Jimmy Kimmel
Aug 25, 2011 10:42 PM CDT
should cheney have been prosecuted? yes. would it ever have happened? michele bachmann would become a crusader for LGBT rights first
Aug 25, 2011 7:39 PM CDT
Wow, another left-wing zealot making extremist moronic claims on topics he has no qualifications to comment on.. Big surprise