Who will Bush Pardon as his "PARTING SHOT" ? Will he attempt a pre-emptive pardon for his minions over the war/torture, for himself and Cheney?

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    Oct 28, 2008 1:51 AM GMT
    I have read several articles about the possibilities for Bush Pardons. (Presidents are given wide latitude/powers regarding pardons. An article in Slate Magazine a month or more ago touched on this issue. interesting subject when you think about it !!!! I'll bet a lot of his cabinet is wanting in on a Pre-emptive list. What do you think? Will congress stop a Pre-emptive pardon?? Can they stop it??? Who and for what issues will get a pardon from Bush????
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    Oct 28, 2008 2:08 AM GMT
    By pardoning "Scooter" Libby, President Bush has shown he has neither ethics nor shame when it comes to using his pardoning powers. Nothing Bush does regarding pardons in his final days would surprise me.

    But a US Presidential pardon does nothing to prevent prosecution for international war crimes. I suppose it's a forlorn hope, but I would like to see Bush and his cronies brought before the International War Crimes Tribunal.
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    Oct 28, 2008 2:48 AM GMT
    I wonder if Teddy Stevens is on his list? Or can he pardon before Stevens is sentenced in late January?
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    Oct 28, 2008 2:51 AM GMT
    President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon before he was formally indicted for anything, so I imagine Bush could pardon Stevens right now.
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    Oct 28, 2008 1:00 PM GMT
    Don't know. The rumor I hear is that if Obama gets elected, he will preemptively strike Iran as a going away gift.
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    Oct 28, 2008 1:24 PM GMT
    Perhaps, but I'm not aware that Bush has the Congressional approval or UN support for such a move against Iran. Bush had at least some authority for the Iraq War, however shaky and however deceitfully obtained.

    The only other way a President can attack another sovereign country on his own authority under the War Powers Act is if the US has been attacked, or is in imminent danger of attack. One can argue that such conditions can be manipulated or faked, but even Bush would have to know that a new Democratic Congress in Congress would punish him for such a move. And the international community would be more likely to demand his trial for war crimes.
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    Oct 28, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    If he has any sense of decency, he'll pardon McCain for picking Palin for his veep candidate.
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    Oct 28, 2008 1:34 PM GMT
    What are you crabbing about? When you consider outrageous pardons check out the Clinton pardons. The most disgusting pardon was a convicted Puerto Rican terrorist who set off a bomb that killed a cop and an innocent woman.

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    Oct 28, 2008 1:41 PM GMT
    John43620, I think you should ask for a pardon for your Dorothy Hamill haircut.
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    Oct 28, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    I think he will pardon his whole administration. When they are tried for War Crimes it might help.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 28, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    Scooter and Uncle Ted fer Sure
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    Oct 29, 2008 6:59 AM GMT
    GQjock saidScooter and Uncle Ted fer Sure
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Man, I hadn't thought about this till you guys mentioned it, but if he pardons Stevens, he'd be able to stay in the Senate wouldn't he? that may be just the break they'ed need to keep another seat and keep their ability to filibuster. With all bush has done, I doubt he'd shy away from doing it.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> As far as Clinton pardons, I don't like many of them either, but I'd much prefer them over Bush giving a free pass for all the laws that his administration broke.
  • GQjock

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    Oct 29, 2008 10:05 AM GMT
    You think Clinton's were bad WAIT til Bush leaves
    he knows he's hated and plus he never really gave a sh*t what people thought anyway
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    Oct 29, 2008 11:13 AM GMT
    He might pardon Stevens and Cunningham.
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    Oct 29, 2008 11:33 AM GMT
    He could pardon the idiots who re elected him in 2004.
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    Oct 30, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    I shudder to think who George W. Bush will pardon. I remember with disgust who Clinton pardoned in 2000. Why are Presidents that are leaving allowed to do this?