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Finally, Some Independent Justice on Torture

For years, it hasn’t mattered one bit that federal law outlaws torture of exactly the sort carried out by the Bush administration. It hasn’t mattered because impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors has been “taken off the table” by timid Congressional leaders. It hasn’t mattered because the Department of Justice under George W. Bush was drained of its independence and converted into a political tool. Without the possibility of impeachment and without the possibility of prosecution, the Bush administration could carry on its program of torture with impunity.

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama declared his intention to see torturers, their bosses who supervised torture, and the politicians who ordered torture go unprosecuted for their criminal activity. Taking the Bush years as precedent, I sincerely imagined that would be the end of it. So how refreshing to find out that the Department of Justice, operating independently of Barack Obama, has recommended to Attorney General Eric Holder that prosecutions for the federal crime of torture be reopened. It appears that Attorney General Holder will follow their lead.

This is how an independent body is supposed to behave.

4 comments to Finally, Some Independent Justice on Torture

  • ReMarker

    Holder is an independent thinker for sure, and I expect history will show he leads the Dept. of Justice appropriately.

    I particularly like the crowd he associates with and their
    “government philosophy”. Here is a link to some info about that.

    A favorite Holder quote of mine is:
    “Our needlessly abusive and unlawful practices in the ‘war on terror’ have diminished our standing in the world community and made us less, rather than more, safe,” Holder told an American Constitution Society for Law and Policy audience this year. “For the sake of our safety and security, and because it is the right thing to do, the next president must move immediately to reclaim America’s standing in the world as a nation that cherishes and protects individual freedom and basic human rights.”

  • randy ray haugen

    i’d love to see some people high up in the former administrtion get their due. it’s too late for impeachment, but, to see george and dick indicted and have to defend their actions in court would be a pleasure.
    i do think it was, and is, the best move for obama to stay above the fracus. he’s got other things to do, like clean up the mess.

  • qs

    Maybe Holder will might turn out to be the best member of the Obama team. I don’t like the rest of them.

  • qs

    Heh, the same people murking around in the Iran-contra affair got pardoned and came right back to the seats of power as soon as the public swung back to the right (which they will inevitably do again eventually.)

    So we’ll end up getting fooled again as a nation if they are not at least scolded somehow.

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