Last week, Richard Clarke, the man to whom nobody in the administration of C-Plus Augustus listened because what did he know, anyway? Whether that would be productive or not, I think, is a discussion we could all have. But we have established procedures now with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, where people who take actions as serving presidents or prime ministers of countries have been indicted and have been tried. So the precedent is there to do that sort of thing. And I think we need to ask ourselves whether or not it would be useful to do that in the case of members of the Bush administration.
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Eric Edelman, the under secretary of defense for policy, said it the week before in a roundtable at the Council on Foreign Relations. Vice President Dick Cheney was one of the first members of the Bush administration to say it, at a campaign stop in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, in September The word getting the workout from the nation's top guns these days is caliphate - the term for the seventh-century Islamic empire that spanned the Middle East, spread to Southwest Asia, North Africa and Spain, then ended with the Mongol sack of Baghdad in Islamic specialists say the word is a mysterious and ominous one for many Americans, and that the administration knows it. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, said that the word had an "almost instinctive fearful impact.
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Jane Mayer , writing in The New Yorker , reported that Philippe Sands had predicted that charges would be laid against the six men back in his book Torture Team. This is no joke. Scott Horton , writing in The Daily Beast , reported on April 13, , that his sources said formal charges would be filed on April 14, Paul Havens, reporting for the Associated Press reported that an unnamed source within the Spanish prosecutors office had told him that the charges would be filed during the week of April 14, Spain's AG said any such prosecution would turn his nation's National Court "into a plaything" for politics.