The much awaited tribunal of Dick Cheney happened and it justice was swift. Mind you they already knew he was guilty from George W’s Tribunal. Here are the details:
Rear Adm. Darse E. Crandall of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps stated in his opening statement that Cheney and the late George W. Bush were co-conspirators in the 9/11 tragedy and plots to criminally thrust the United States into unjustified wars. Their motives, he said, included destabilizing the Middle East, personally profiting from opium that the U.S. military had seized in Afghanistan, giving the military an excuse to wantonly live-fire test novel weapons, and earning a hefty kickback from insurance money paid to Larry Silverstein. Larry Silverstein is the American real estate mogul who owned the towers on the day of the event.
As Cheney sat stone-faced behind the defense table, Rear Adm. Crandall showed the panel financial documents that the military had acquired, during its investigation, into Cheney’s past. The documents showed that five million dollars was paid in five installments and was dispersed into an offshore Cayman Island bank account. The account beared the name Eric Burchard, which is an anagram for Richard Bruce. Richard Bruce is Cheney’s proper first and middle name. The transactions took place between 11/7/2001-02/17/2002, long before Silverstein Properties Inc. received an insurance settlement.
“We know with certitude that Eric Burchard is Richard Bruce Cheney; our investigation established this as fact. The account was opened three days prior to 9/11 and had only the minimum balance, needed, to keep it open until Silverstein’s money poured into it. Silverstein knew he’d get a huge payout, it wasn’t the one he wanted, but still. The defendant, in opening the account, knew 9/11 would happen well in advance. If he has another explanation for taking the payout, we’d love to hear it,” Rear Adm. Crandall said.
“Rot in hell,” Cheney uttered with clenched teeth.
Additionally, Rear Adm. Crandall played the same audio tapes he had used to help convict George W. Bush, the ones Donald Rumsfeld had secretly recorded as he, Bush, and Cheney devised a plan to carry out 9/11, without being implicated. On them, Cheney told Bush “Not to worry” because he would “take care of everything.”
“When we first spoke to detainee Cheney, he tried to put the whole thing on Bush, and when informed that Bush is dead, he got quiet. He refuses to explain why he fled the country the night we caught Bush. JAG and the OMC believe Cheney’s actions, the tapes, and receiving a payout, from Silverstein, prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is guilty of treason and, like Bush, must be held accountable for the deaths of all the people who perished in 9/11 and all American soldiers that died in Afghanistan and Iraq. We seek the maximum punishment,” Rear Adm. Crandall said.
In an unusual move, an officer on the panel requested to ask Cheney a question directly.
“Have you any remorse? Do you ever think of the people who’ve died, or what the lives of their friends and family must be like? Do you have guilt over the callousness of it all?”
“Have you ever seen the film A Few Good Men, with Jack Nicholson playing Colonel Jessup? He wanted to strengthen our country, and without admitting anything, the same is for me. Any actions I might’ve taken were in the name of protecting and strengthening the United States,” Cheney replied.
Ten minutes later the panel reached a verdict. They found Cheney guilty of Murder and Treason. They agreed that he should be executed for his crimes. The date of execution is pending.
More to come, stay tuned. This is going to be a very juicy month for tribunals.