is ponying up $900 million for “Republican” candidates, the same as the Republic Party and the Democrats expect to raise as “political organizations.” Ted Cruz prates on a single contribution of $58 million dollars. Though W., just reelected in 2004, tried to give individually-earned Social Security pensions to Wall Street, that was a moral, public relations and political disaster. Yet every single current Republican candidate for thenomination, with the exception of the blustering, unusually racist Mr. Trump, has announced that they, too, will go after Social Security. That is shilling for the 1% – as Trump, a billionaire, pointed out when 5 potential nominees “went begging” at a Koch brothers conference; it is doing so, even more unusually than the Democrats (Bernie Sanders is the only exception in this campaign).
The rule of law has not so far, been reestablished inside the United States (as Black Lives Matter shows, it often does not exist for black and brown people).
Under the United Nations’ Convention against Torture, each regime is obligated to bring its own officials, against whom there is plausible evidence, to trial. In the Bush case, the evidence in the public press is overwhelming: hence, Obama decided to have no hearings, and to suppress, at the CIA’s request the Senate’s Report on torture (Senator Udall courageously stood up for releasing at least the summary; even Dianne Feinstein, a career protector of the CIA spoke out, against this suppression).
This Convention signed by President Reagan and ratified by Congress in 1994, is also American law. By Article 6 section 2 of the Constitution (the Supremacy Clause), treaties signed and ratified by the US government become the highest law of the land. See here.
GERARD ALEXANDER is an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia