Spain enforces America's laws
America is a nation of laws—laws enforced by Spain.
John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington, Alberto Gonzales, William Haynes and Douglas Feith wrote, authorized and promulgated the Justice Department "torture memos" that the Bush administration used for legal cover.
After World War II, German lawyers for the Ministry of Justice went to prison for similar actions.
We've known about Yoo et al.'s crimes for years. Yet—unlike their victims—they're free as birds, fluttering around, writing op/ed columns ... and teaching. At law school.
President Barack Obama has failed to match changes of tone with changes in substance on the issue of George Bush's war crimes.
"We need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards," he answered when asked whether he would investigate America's worst human-rights abuses since World War II.
Indeed, there's no evidence that Obama's Justice Department plans to lift a finger to hold Bush or his henchmen accountable.
"They should arrest Obama for trying to impersonate a president," one wag commented on The San Francisco Chronicle's Web site.
Fortunately for those who care about U.S. law, there are Spanish prosecutors willing to do their job.