Fox News analyst and frequent Glenn Beck fill-in, Andrew Napolitano, recently went on CSPAN for an interview with Ralph Nader and said that George Bush and Dick Cheney should have been indicted "for torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrants."
Napolitano, a former New Jersey district judge — which is why they call him "Judge Napolitano" on Fox News, forcefully imposing an aura of respectability to his spittle-flying rants about lowering the capital gains tax cut, Obama hating all businesses, etc. — has sharply criticized the Bush administration for these things before, but this might be his most unambiguous language yet:
Nader: What's the sanction for President Bush and Vice President Cheney?
Napolitano: There's been no sanction except what history will say about them.
Nader: What should be the sanctions?
Napolitano: They should have been indicted. They absolutely should have been indicted for torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrants. I'd like to say they should be indicted for lying but believe it or not, unless you're under oath, lying is not a crime. At least not an indictable crime. It's a moral crime.
Nader: So you think George W. Bush and Dick Cheney should even though they've left office, they haven't escaped the criminal laws, they should be indicted and prosecuted?
Napolitano: The evidence in this book and in others, our colleague the great Vincent Bugliosi has amassed an incredible amount of evidence. The purpose of this book was not to amass that evidence but I do discuss it, is overwhelming when you compare it to the level of evidence required for a normal indictment that George W. Bush as President and Dick Cheney as Vice President participated in criminal conspiracies to violate the federal law and the guaranteed civil liberties of hundreds, maybe thousands of human beings.
We'd suggest that he have a debate over this with Sean Hannity, but who would actually want to watch Sean Hannity?
Anyway, points to Andrew Napolitano for libertarian ideological consistency! One of these days those points are going to add up and... well, something's going to happen, for libertarians. Maybe.
[via Crooks and Liars]