The Gruesome Ending of the Trump Administration
Donald Trump is ending his presidency in the most disgusting style imaginable. He's decided to set aside laws and procedures in order to kill.
In its hurry to use its final days in power to execute federal prisoners, the administration of President Donald Trump has trampled over an array of barriers, both legal and practical, according to court records that have not been previously reported.
Officials gave public explanations for their choice of which prisoners should die that misstated key facts from the cases. They moved ahead with executions in the middle of the night. They left one prisoner strapped to the gurney while lawyers worked to remove a court order. They executed a second prisoner while an appeal was still pending, leaving the court to then dismiss the appeal as “moot” because the man was already dead. They bought drugs from a secret pharmacy that failed a quality test. They hired private executioners and paid them in cash.
I didn't even know there was such a thing as private executioner. How does one qualify for that? And do you put it on your resume? Probably not since you get paid in cash.
Still got an appeal in the courts? Too bad. Were going to kill you with experimental drugs. Who gives a shit if you suffer.
Now some may say 'but these are murderers'. That they killed innocent people and therefore deserve to die. That's certainly the position of the Trump Administration.
See the Trump Administration thinks that killing innocent people is a great thing that deserves to be rewarded if it's done in the right way.
the president had authorized pardons for four former U.S. service members who were convicted of killing civilians in Iraq while working there as contractors for the notorious defense giant Blackwater in 2007...
War crimes pardons have become a trend for the Trump administration. In May 2019, Trump pardoned former Army Lt. Michael Behenna, who was imprisoned for five years for the killing of an unarmed Iraqi prisoner in 2008. The following November, Trump granted pardons to Army Maj. Matthew Golsteyn and 1st Lt. Clint Lorance over their respective war crimes charges and restored the rank of Navy Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher to the rank of E-7 following his conviction for unlawfully posing with the body of an ISIS fighter he was accused of killing.
Pardoning every war crime we commit makes us a pro-war crime country.
Let's face it. Trump is just more boorish about it.
Bush and Obama refused to prosecute our extensive torture program.
We express outrage over the killing of innocence at home, but are largely indifferent to us killing innocents abroad. And really the only outrage over killing at home results in enthusiastic killing of those murderers.
So really the only consistency is pro-killing.
Unfortunately, the average American appears to have a relatively high tolerance for war crimes abroad. According to a 2016 Red Cross report, Americans “are substantially more comfortable with war crimes than are populations of other western countries like the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, and even Russia,” as The Week put it at the time. “When asked whether ‘a captured enemy combatant [can] be tortured to obtain important military information,’ just 30 percent of Americans said ‘no,’ the lowest of any country surveyed except Israel and Nigeria.” Indeed, one 2018 poll suggested that a significant portion of Americans believed U.S. service members shouldn’t be prosecuted for overseas war crimes simply because “war is a stressful situation and allowances should be made.”
This is a damning statement on American society. The lack of humanity leaves me speechless.
Fortunately there are still tiny candles of hope. For instance while American civilians endorse war crimes (especially Republicans), the American military members oppose them.
While the Trump Administration tries to kill the International Criminal Court, US judge blocked their efforts.
A U.S. judge on Monday blocked the Trump administration from sanctioning human rights lawyers for supporting the work of the world's war crimes tribunal, the International Criminal Court (ICC).