I am neither condemning every person in the Empire nor the Nazis and German people. I am saying there were evil people in both, including the leaders. Many of the people are not evil. However in general, the Empire is evil. Honestly several people here seem to be simply arguing for the sake of it. Taking a contrary position just to see if they can defend it or to play the Devil's advocate. No one in their right mind would try to argue that Palpatine/Sidious is not evil. The Dark Side of the Force is not just some other philosophy on life. It's EVIL. There are things that are just wrong, no matter what. The Dark Side is just that. Going back to a "due process" argument, it seems that if people insist on saying that our morals and processes have to be applied, then the empire itself would be deserving of due process before it it condemned as an evil institution, much like people alleged with murder. Yes and once the Empire is overthrown I would expect the people within the government who commited crimes and evil acts to be put on trial and convicted for their acts. However, like the Nazis, Palpatine, Vader, Tarkin and others have avoided this fate by dying.