John Kerry must commit to filibustering the nomination of Michael Mukasey! It is not only Mr. Mukasey’s refusal to call waterboarding torture–which it is–but standing idly by while this nomination goes through the Senate sends yet another signal that the United States no longer stands for being a law abiding country.
Since we have already destroyed Habeas Corpus, the right to a civilian attorney, the right to a speedy trial and dismissed the Geneva Convention, one more signal that we now allow torture feeds right into the hands of extremists who all along have stated the United States was a hypocritical country.
As a U.S. Senator, I would be doing two things immediately. I would announce that I plan to filibuster this nomination and would have been lining up the 40 votes to support such an action.
In addition, I would file legislation to bring our country under International Criminal Court Jurisdiction and insist that if this administration bombs or otherwise uses military force against Iran, prosecution under the International Criminal Court would be an option.
This Administration has absolutely no respect for any law — international or domestic.
Mr. Mukasey’s nomination must be stopped because it is just another example of this Administration going beyond the boundaries of International Law and, in the long run, strengthens terrorism.
A Massachusetts Democrat for U.S. Senate