Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Re: Conspiracy To Engage in Torture

August 23, 2005


From: Dean Lawrence R. Velvel

Dear Colleagues:

Yesterday I sent the inquiry appended below to various members of the news media. We’ll see how many answers there are (there have been a small number so far) and what they generally seem to say.

From: Dean Lawrence R. Velvel
Date: Monday, August 22, 2005 3:44 PM

Dear Colleague:

As a prominent member of the news media, perhaps you can enlighten me on a matter. Why is it that the media refuse to mention that George Bush is probably guilty of the federal crime of conspiracy to engage in torture outside the United States? 18 U.S.C. §§2340-2340A(a)-(c) make it a felony to conspire to commit torture outside the country, and the media have from time to time set forth facts making it crystal clear that Bush knew of, allowed, and likely desired torture outside the U.S. so that we could get information. Yet the media resolutely will not mention the fact that he may be -- almost surely is -- guilty of a crime under 18 U.S.C. §§2340-2340A(a)-(c) . Why is that?

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