I read, with total dismay and astonishment, an article in the New York Times by the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Anthony D. Romero calling on the U.S. President to issue "pre-emptive pardons" to the following 7 individuals:
- George J. Tenet - for authorizing torture at the C.I.A's black sites overseas;
- Donald H. Rumsfeld - for authorizing the use of torture at the Guantanamo Bay Prison;
- David S. Addington, John C. Yoo and Jay S. Bybee - for crafting the legal cover for torture;
- George W. Bush and Dick Cheney - for overseeing the torture.
"Americans would condemn this sort of arrangement as cronyism and corruption of the sleaziest sort if they witnessed it in another country. In the United States, however, political and media elites (though not the general public) widely agreed that immunizing the felony-committing president from the criminal justice system was the right thing to do", p. 18.