The ACLU is calling for an investigation of Donald Rumsfeld. They’re claiming dereliction of duty.
The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday welcomed Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation as U.S. defense secretary.
The ACLU in a statement called on the U.S. Congress to investigate what it called “the gross abuse of power committed under his (Rumsfeld’s) watch.
“Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation is a step in the right direction,” said Anthony D. Romero, ACLU executive director.
“Rumsfeld is responsible for the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. military custody and must be held accountable for the failures that occurred on his watch,” Romero said.
The defense secretary, who announced his resignation Wednesday, “has placed the blame on junior military members and has been nothing but derelict in his duty,” Romero said. “Congress must initiate an immediate and exhaustive investigation into hi s six-year-long record of unlawful activity, violations of the rule of law and complicity in the executive branch abuse of power.”
Jay at the Stop the ACLU hits the bullseye with this:
Off we go into a new direction for America. You know we are off on the wrong foot towards the wrong direction when the changes taking place are cheered by the ACLU! If President Bush thinks nixing Rumsfeld is a way to finding common ground with the newly empowered Democrats will be enough to satisfy the hunger of the left, he should think again. The ACLU, no doubt speaking the mind of the new majority, want to see his head on a fancier platter.
If you own defense stocks, you probably already know that Rumsfeld’s resignation sent those stocks down yesterday.