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John Gibson Glad To See The Law Broken In Order To Torture Prisoners

Reported by Ellen - March 7, 2005

John Gibson showed his true colors (not that they're ever hidden) today on Big Story when he announced, laughingly, that he's glad the Bush Administration is practicisng the rendition of prisoners to foreign governments who "may" torture them - regardless of the fact that it's forbidden by US law.

Gibson's announcement was made at the end of a segment with Andrew Napolitano, one of the few FOX News people to demonstrate a conscience. However, Napolitano seemed unaware or was unwilling to consider the implications for the Bush Administration if high-ranking members broke the law.

Napolitano told Gibson that rendition is not only illegal, it's illegal for anyone having anything to do with it and that it carries a 20-year penalty. He went on to say that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, during his confirmation hearings, said under oath that we don't use these renditions, we don't send people to countries, there are no orders authorizing this. So, if it is happening (as the NY Times reported), then "Attorney General Gonzales who, as the president's chief lawyer would have written the executive order authorizing it, is unaware of it." Comment: Or he lied under oath, a possibility Napolitano failed to mention.

Gibson, who of course didn't consider that possibility either, pointed out that the same things occurred during the Clinton administration. (Comment: I just don't understand how the same people who never tire of bashing Clinton immediately hold his behavior up as a good reason whenever Bush does the same thing!)

Napolitano, explained how rendition happens despite the illegality. "The president perceives an immediate need to obtain information, no matter what the consequences or what the legality of the means used to obtain that information so he doesn't do this in public, he just says 'go get this information and if you break the law, you won't be prosecuted so long as I'm president.' Now such an offer or such an executive order is not enforceable.... It's wrong for the president or anyone in the government to be above the law."

Gibson: Yeah (not seriously, can't keep a straight face).

Napolitano, also laughing: It's against the law to break the law, John. Comment: Does this mean Bush broke the law? At the very least he skirted it. What consequences could that bring? Nobody said.

Gibson: I'm glad they're doing it.

Contact Gibson at myword@foxnews.com and let him know you think he's a big creep to advocate breaking the law in order to torture prisoners.

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